New “Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities” Released

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care launched a Juvenile Standards Task Force, which included physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and mental health experts from around the nation. Corrections1 reports “the revised and updated standards are up-to-date with best practices and knowledge gained over last seven years.” “‘Not only does this revision reflect our current understanding […]

Alabama: AMI Kids equips youth & families to overcome barriers toward more positive future

Reporting from the Greenville Advocate: “According to regional director and licensed clinical social worker, Korah Skuce, since 2018, AMI has offered comprehensive services nationwide, from preventative to residential programs. AMI partners with the Alabama Department of Youth Services to offer family services like Functional Family Therapy (FFT), a nationally recognized, family- and community-based model designed […]

Lousiana: Juvenile offender with mental illness tried as an adult, sent to solitary confinement on death row.

Placing inmates in solitary confinement for their physical and/or mental safety is a form of medical incarceration. It’s extremely counter-productive due to the astronomical exacerbation of mental illness done by solitary, especially for youth. According to reporting by eyewitness investigator Mike Perlstein, Alonzo Defillo Jr. ended up on death row at the nation’s bloodiest prison, […]

John Bel Edwards launches second investigation into Ware Youth Center

From the Louisiana Illuminator by Julie O’Donoghue: “The allegations are so serious that one of the state’s leading child welfare advocates said it is not enough to just investigate Ware’s operations. The state needs to move children and young adults at Ware to another facility, he said. “Other adults need to make sure those children […]

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice hosts states working toward juvenile justice reform

“IDJJ is hosting cohorts of juvenile justice administrators and practitioners from other states because of its designation as a National Promising Practice site. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, the Center for Children’s Law & Policy, and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators have formed a collaborative to reduce the use of isolation and promote best practices […]

‘The system’s broken’: the crisis gripping Australia’s juvenile justice centres disproportionately effects Aboriginal youth

Australia: “Across the country, the juvenile justice system is in crisis, according to families of incarcerated young people, lawyers and human rights advocates. There have been calls for urgent reforms in Western Australia (WA), the Northern Territory and Tasmania, while federal, state and territory governments have committed to reducing juvenile detention rates by 30% by […]

Kids in Crisis: Shortage spurred by ‘Raise the Age’

The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.: “Every time Grand Traverse Family Court adds a new case, Court Administrator Kristyn Brendel said she gets a sinking feeling in her gut — especially if juveniles are involved who need to be placed in a detention facility. Two simple questions need to be answered immediately, Brendel said: Where will […]

Canadian province partners with community organizations to support indigenous youth.

“As part of the Manitoba government’s ongoing efforts to advance reconciliation and healing, and support stronger families and safer communities, the province is partnering with Marymound Inc. on a new youth justice program to provide culturally safe and supportive programming to help reduce the disproportionate number of Indigenous youth in custody and on probation, Premier […]