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YJAM Series: Making our Schools Safer for All Kids

Excellent schools are the foundation of a prosperous society where all people can succeed. A public school system that functions effectively for every child has the power to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty and open worlds of opportunity for all kids.  Education can mean the difference between employability and…...

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Kick off Youth Justice Awareness Month by testing your knowledge!

Did you know that October is Youth Justice Awareness Month? To kick it off, we challenge you to test your own knowledge of our juvenile justice system with this short quiz. All this month, we will be bringing you blog posts that raise awareness about systemic ways Nebraska’s approach to…...

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Screening for Risk: the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown in Nebraska’s RAI

A couple weeks ago, we posted an introduction to the Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI) used by probation officers to make detention determinations. We were left with a question: does the RAI accurately predict risk to miss court or reoffend before the first court appearance, in a way that will help…...

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Screening for Risk: An Introducton to Nebraska’s Juvenile Intake RAI

A 15-year old is caught painting graffiti on a local bridge, and when police bring him home with the ticket, his mother tells them to take him in. She is worried because he has been coming home smelling like marijuana, but she’s also frustrated with his attitude in the home.…...

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Data Snapshot: Nebraska’s Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers

Nationwide, states are reexamining their use of youth prisons to “treat” juvenile offenders.  A mounting body of evidence shows that correctional models are costly and ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst, when it comes to reducing recidivism and producing positive outcomes for juveniles.[1] Nebraska operates two large-scale “deep end”…...

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Proposed Standards for Guardians ad Litem

Child welfare proceedings in Nebraska are titled “In the Interest of X,” where X is the name of the child.  Court jurisdiction is taken not by virtue of a charge against the parent, per se, but because there is a child whose needs are not being met.  The parties all…...

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Keeping Nebraska’s Kids in Family Homes

Yesterday, Voices for Children hosted a lunch and learn event at the State Capitol highlighting the Annie E. Casey report “Every Kid Needs a Family.”  Panelists discussed the report and recommendations, and highlighted efforts already underway in Nebraska to keep at-risk children in the environment where they are best supported…...

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Nebraska Needs the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

What is the JJDPA?  Congress originally enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in 1974, landmark legislation meant to encourage age-appropriate, community-based responses to delinquent and status behavior.  The law contains four core compliance measures that states must meet to receive federal funding for juvenile justice: Deinstitutionalization of…...

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Turning the Tide on the Criminalization of Youth Behavior

  One of the best practices for building an effective juvenile justice system is to screen out the lowest-risk offenders and focus the bulk of our money and capacity on higher-risk youth. Because the vast majority of low-risk juvenile offenders will grow out of their bad behavior — with or…...

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The Big Picture: 2015 Juvenile Justice Reform

This week, the legislature will consider a package of bills related to juvenile justice, including: LB 265, LB 347, LB 482, and LB 500.  Here’s how they would all work together, in conjunction with current law and some other 2015 bills, to further improve Nebraska’s system for handling troubled youth....

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