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Judicial Branch Advocacy

In all of our policy work, Voices for Children seeks to break down barriers to opportunity for children. Most of the time, that involves public education, community engagement, and administrative and legislative advocacy: working with the public to highlight and understand issues facing kids and families, and working with the…...

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After the Violence, Where Do We Go From Here?

At Voices for Children, we are greatly saddened at the recent, senseless shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, and the targeted killings of the Dallas police. As advocates for kids (and some of us, parents ourselves), we have to ask what kind of country we want our children to…...

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Scottsbluff Juvenile Detention Center Closing Temporarily

Last week, Voices for Children staff members traversed the state to get a clear picture of what it looks like to grow up in different parts of Nebraska.  Though we greatly enjoyed meeting community members, discussing Kids Count data, visiting facilities, and sharing the work that we do, one aspect…...

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Voices Releases “Juvenile Injustice” Issue Brief

When children get in trouble with the law, our system should ensure they are held accountable for their actions in an age-appropriate, fair and just way. No one should face trial and punishment without understanding their rights, the possible consequences, and the reasons why; this is particularly true for young…...

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Legislative Session Wrap-Up: 5 Victories for Kids

Wednesday will mark the final day of this year’s legislative session. Voices for Children will post our full legislative sine die in the next couple weeks, but for now, we’d like to take a moment and highlight five victories for Nebraska’s kids: Schools in high-poverty neighborhoods can take advantage of…...

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Juvenile Justice Reform Signed Into Law!

This week, Governor Ricketts signed into law a package of legislation aimed at improving our statewide system of response to children and youth who commit crimes. LB 894 is a set of positive reforms that will ensure children’s needs are met and rights protected in age-appropriate and evidence-based ways, and…...

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The Next Step in Sensible Juvenile Justice Reform

We do well by our society when we do well by our youth, especially those who’ve gotten in trouble. Nebraska is heading down the right path when it comes to juvenile justice. Reforms of recent years are beginning to bear fruit in an increased array of close-to-home alternatives, decreased numbers of…...

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Data Snapshot: Kindergarten Court

Kids aren’t miniature adults. We don’t expect our little leaguers to play baseball as well as Major Leaguers. We don’t expect a third grader to read or solve math problems as well as a high schooler.  So why would we expect a young child who has engaged in bad behavior…...

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YJAM Series: A Tale of Five Houses

On Halloween, we take our children trick or treating from house to house in the neighborhood, but at the end of the night, we come back to our own home to snuggle in, telling ghost stories over a cup of hot cider and a full bag of candy. All too…...

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YJAM series: Choosing not to Prosecute Children

In elementary school, children are still learning to use the dictionary, parse words and stories for meaning, and multiply and divide fractions. They have barely begun to explore American history and civics, much less crime, punishment, and legal rights and consequences. However, Nebraska has no minimum age for charging children…...

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