- Photo: Harry Cutting
By Richard A. Mendel
This report documents the progress of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) both in reforming juvenile detention practices nationwide and in contributing to the larger movement for more comprehensive reforms in juvenile justice.
Two and a half months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unexpectedly used his veto authority to cut $80 million from the Child Welfare Services line item, California Department of Social Services announced the final determination of how those cuts will be apportioned. At high risk for significant cuts, if not outright elimination, were programs funded by the state that include little or no county or federal matching funds, like Kinship Support Services Programs (KSSP) and THP-Plus.
A summary, with links to the full text, of the recommendations issued by the California Child Welfare Council (CWC). The Council finalized its recommendations Dec. 17, 2009 for improving the coordination and delivery of foster youth services.
Assembly Public Safety Committee Approves Bill to Allow Parole for Juveniles Sentenced to Life
The Assembly Public Safety Committee has approved SB 399, which would give juveniles sentenced to life without parole the opportunity to have their cases reconsidered after serving 10 years. A court could then reduce the sentence to 25 years with the possibility of parole.
Thanks to funding from the Public Welfare Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, NCYL is expanding its Juvenile Justice Reform Project. This expansion includes increased involvement in Wyoming and Arkansas, where NCYL is currently working, and the launching of new juvenile justice reform work in other states, including California.
Children and youth in Washington state have filed a civil rights, class-action lawsuit against the state for failure to provide intensive, community-based mental health services.
As Date Nears to End Foster Care Reform Case, Many Goals Still Not Met
Several of the state’s most influential mental health advocacy groups have appealed a state court decision allowing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to eliminate a program they say is vital to their clients’ health and safety.
A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused & Neglected Children
Kathleen Noonan, David Rubin, Robin Mekonnen, Sarah Slotnik, and Amanda O’Reilly
FOX 4O, Sacramento, interviews NCYL Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman on student access to confidential medical care.
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NCYL seeks an Attorney and a Policy Advocate for its Juvenile Justice Reform Project. The Project aims to reduce the over reliance on incarceration and to expand non-custodial supports for youth.
The High School Football Rudy Award was announced Feb. 3. While Dalton Dyer was not chosen as the winner, he was one of only 30 semi-finalists selected from a pool of hundreds of players nationwide.
Thanks to all those who voted for Dalton! For information about the Rudy Award winners, and nominees, click here.
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