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Juvenile Justice

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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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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Voices for Children Testimony on LB 8

Today, Policy Coordinator Juliet Summers testified on LB 8, legislation that would provide for graduated response incentives and sanctions relating to juvenile probation. You can read our entire LB 8 testimony below. For a printable version of our testimony, click here.   To: Members of the Judiciary Committee From: Juliet…...

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Voices Releases 2016 Vote Kids Candidate Survey

Child policy issues often receive little discussion within campaigns and elections. This is not because candidates and the public do not care about the issues. They do. But child policy issues often do not lend themselves to simple sound bites. They are not considered “hot button” issues that shape many…...

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Voices for Children Releases 2016 Legislative Scorecard

Since 2012, Voices for Children has produced a scorecard at the end of each legislative biennium, tracking every senator’s votes on a broad range of issues related to kids. Nebraska’s 104th Legislature adjourned in April after the second session of its biennium, and over the course of those two years,…...

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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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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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