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Juvenile Justice

Kids Count 2017 is on its way!

We have been busy this fall compiling data and putting together the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report – our biggest and best yet! This year’s book contains data in each of our five issues areas: health, education, economic stability, child welfare, and juvenile justice as well as population level demographics,…...

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2017 in Review: A Look Back on Steps Forward for Nebraska Kids

As the days wind down in 2017, we wanted to take the time to review our greatest victories for kids and some of the biggest challenges, and to consider what 2018 will hold for kids. In Lincoln, lawmakers moved the needle for child well-being in the state with a number…...

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Equality Before the Law: Race and Ethnicity in Nebraska’s Juvenile Justice System

All youth involved in the juvenile justice system deserve equal access to appropriate treatment in order to become healthy, law-abiding adults. Responding to problematic behaviors in an age-appropriate way is important to ensure all youth have the best opportunities to succeed. However, both in Nebraska and nationally, the data show…...

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Pro-Kid Progress in the 105th Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, four days ahead of schedule. In total, 667 bills were introduced and considered by legislators over the course of the session. Each year, Voices for Children sets legislative priorities that are driven by data and research to move the needle for all…...

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Geneva and Kearney: Nebraska’s YRTCs

An effective juvenile justice system holds young people accountable for their actions in age-appropriate ways that best promote community safety. Our children and citizens are entitled to a system that will offer the best return on investment, by providing the right package of accountability and supports to change anti-social behaviors.…...

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Emerging Adults: Justice and Public Safety

The 2016 Kids Count in Nebraska Report includes an in-depth look at the first steps young people take along their transition away from childhood – emerging adulthood. This is a time of profound growth and development coupled with frequent life changes. The decisions made during these years impacts the next…...

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On The Backs Of Children: Skinny Budget

Voices for Children believes that successful stewardship of our state is not just about looking at where we are today, but thinking about where we want to be tomorrow. Cutting funding to programs that have been extremely beneficial to children is concerning to us. In the first of a series…...

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Voices for Children Testimony on LB 158

Voices for Children policy coordinator Juliet Summers testified in support of LB 158, a bill to change provisions relating to appointment of counsel to juveniles. Read her full testimony below or go here for a printable version of Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 158.   To: Chairwoman Ebke and Members…...

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Support for LB 6 and LB 207

Voices for Children sent a letter of support to the Executive Board regarding LB 6 and LB 207, both concerning the Office of Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare. LB 6 would provide for release of a summarized report by the Office of Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare. LB…...

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Voices for Children testimony on LB 11

Today, Voices for Children Policy Coordinator Juliet Summers testified on LB 11, a bill to change provisions related to transfer of juvenile cases.   You can read our entire LB 11 testimony below. For a printable version of our testimony, click here.   To: Members of the Judiciary Committee From: Juliet Summers,…...

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