What makes wraparound and other systems of care approaches different than traditional service delivery systems? What makes them both a challenge to implement in traditional bureaucracies? WCCF’s, Wraparounds Recipe for Success, highlights some of the lesser discussed system reforms and … Continue reading
Legislators passed several bills that affect public safety and the state’s corrections system, and they also missed several opportunities to make major improvements to those systems. Continue reading
This report is an update of prior reports and includes data up through 2014. Many of the trends noted in the earlier report have continued, as juvenile arrests have continued to decline and we have seen a growth in support for successful community-based programs. Continue reading
Objective: To return jurisdiction over first-time, non-violent 17-year-old offenders to the juvenile court, making our communities safer and resulting in substantial savings from reduced costs of law enforcement, court processing, and losses to victims. Background: With the adoption of the … Continue reading
You may recall that Sen. Whitehouse and Sen. Grassley introduced a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) late in the last congressional session. But, clearly Sen. Grassley, now in the majority, is being a leading … Continue reading
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors in Wisconsin: Improving Intervention and Prevention Efforts
Limited data is available on the scope of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Wisconsin, but the research that does exist indicates that it is a pervasive problem. Continue reading
The link between childhood maltreatment and risk of delinquency and criminal behavior is well-established. This policy brief provides an introduction to the system changes we need to make to better serve youth who experience maltreatment and end up in the juvenile justice system. Continue reading
This report is an update of an earlier report published in October of 2011 and includes data from 2011 and 2012. Fortunately, many of the trends noted in the earlier report have continued, as juvenile arrests have continued to decline and we have seen a growth in support for successful community-based programs. Continue reading
Summary of Research on Effectiveness of Adult vs. Juvenile Court in Reducing Reoffending of Youthful Offenders
Research over the past 20+ years affirms that trying youth in adult court has a detrimental impact on community safety as well as on many 17-year-olds. Current Wisconsin law excludes all 17-year-olds from the juvenile court and the services available through that venue. Even if prosecutors and judges wanted to include a 17-year-old in an appropriate juvenile service or program, they are unable to do so. Researchers have studied how best to promote public safety and meet the needs of 17-year-olds in several different ways. Continue reading
In 2012 there were 8,952 youth admissions to juvenile detention in Wisconsin; almost one-third of admissions were in Milwaukee County. Continue reading
Following a biennium in which the Youth Aids Allocation was reduced by about 17%(about 10% of which was a permanent reduction that becomes the “base” for 2013-15 and about $7 million that was “lapsed” back to the general fund) two of the three juvenile correctional institutions (JCI) were closed, and the daily rates charged to counties were increased, the 2013-15 proposal regrettably does not restore all of the reductions while still increasing the daily charges to counties for services. Continue reading
Wisconsin 2011 Act 32 required the Department of Corrections to gather information about juvenile justice services from around the state and compile into a report to the legislature. With help from the counties, that information has been compiled in a … Continue reading
WCCF has created a Juvenile Justice Expenditures Snapshot of the key fiscal data, illustrating changes in funding, changes in the number of youth served, and that state Youth Aids funds account for less than one-half of juvenile justice related expenditures. Continue reading
These snapshots are a follow up to the state data posted last year, and it includes juvenile arrest information through 2010. Counties continue to make strides in reducing correctional placements while at the same time lowering arrest numbers. Continue reading
Check out a short policy brief that captures some of the research that clearly links the impact of exposure to lead (lead paint, leaded gasoline, etc.) on brain development, mental health, and delinquency. Continue reading
Following up on a post on October 6 about making sure we are using data and facts rather than unsubstantiated rhetoric about juvenile arrests, based on data available from the Wisconsin Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis, juvenile arrests continued … Continue reading
With some recent statistics showing a rise in violent crime in some of our nation’s larger cities, I fear a “déjà vu’ all over again” rise of language and messaging that is eerily similar to the “superpredator” scare of the … Continue reading
Something we don’t always think about as youth go through the juvenile justice system – or in some cases diverted from the formal system into municipal courts or even other diversion programs – is that often various fines and fees … Continue reading
Ten Things Leaders Can do to Improve the Lives of Children and Families with Mental Health Challenges
Kids in Crisis, USA Today Network’s lengthy investigation on challenges children with mental health issues face, has developed a 10-point Legislation Action Tracker. You can check out this list and follow it over time to see if our state’s leadership … Continue reading
A recent story published by Frontline highlights that in the last seven years, five states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi, and New Hampshire) have raised the age at which youth can be tried as adults. South Carolina and Louisiana have also … Continue reading
As June begins, recall that May was Mental Health Awareness Month. WCCF released its publication, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Wisconsin’s Children, in early May, and in this posting we are disseminating a short brief providing a unique way … Continue reading
Not only is the cost of incarcerating individuals in Wisconsin high (about $1.5 billion annually), but according to a new KIDS COUNT® policy report released today, approximately 88,000 children living in Wisconsin have experienced the separation of a parent who … Continue reading
A group of juvenile justice advocates met this week in Washington DC for the launch of the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign, a national effort to end solitary confinement and other forms of prolonged isolation for youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Continue reading
Each year, the Office of Justice Programs designates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in April. This year’s theme is “Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope” is being celebrated April 10-16. Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week stresses the importance of addressing … Continue reading
A recent publication by The Pew Charitable Trusts sheds light on the underrepresented disparities facing American Indian women across the United States. American Indians and Alaskan Natives make up just 2 percent of the US population, yet these communities face … Continue reading
Focus increased investments on system improvement strategies that build the capacity of counties and others working with youthful offenders and their families to deliver cost-effective, community-based services.
Provide resources to gather uniform data, including race and ethnicity, on a statewide basis about the juvenile justice process and youthful offenders in order to ensure fairness and evaluate effectiveness.
Ensure that no youth under age 18 is confined with adults prior to conviction.
Return jurisdiction of 17-year-olds arrested for the first time for non-violent offenses to juvenile court.