Georgia Revamps Juvenile Justice System

In an effort save money and reduce its juvenile justice population, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law that would shift more youth offenders to community-based programs.

Grant to Address Youth Recidivism in Massachusetts

By Audrey Arthur
An $11.7 million federal grant from the U.S.Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund will help Massachusetts increase employment opportunities and reduce recidivism in young men coming out of the state’s juvenile justice system. The grant is part of the Pay for Success program, which provides funding for programs based on their successful outcomes, and will benefit the organization ROCA. With locations in Chelsea, Mass., and Springfield, Mass., ROCA serves very high-risk youth by providing intensive services through a detailed intervention model.

Division of Juvenile Justice Consolidated in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety recently announced an end to its dedicated juvenile justice system. The elimination will result in terminating senior juvenile justice professional leaders, reassigning section leaders to become Division of Adult Corrections managers and renaming the entire entity as the Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Services. This realignment will increase efficiencies in upper management and administrative support, while maintaining critical field operations and enhancing preventive and support services, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

SB 9 Signed: Fair Sentencing for Youth Act

On the last day of September, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed into law the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, known as Senate Bill 9.

RicciGreene Planner Takes Holistic Approach to Corrections

By Katherine Alvarez
Every time Laura Maiello-Reidy visits a new locale, she selects some indigenous material or symbolic memento to incorporate into her beadwork,

Texas Forms New Juvenile Department

The Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission are being replaced by a new agency intended to bring positive changes to the department.