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
May 17-24 is the National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. The effort, led by the Save Our Kids organization is posting a range of resources that can help inform everyone about how many youth are placed out of home … Continue reading
Once again, on May 13, a House appropriations committee has essentially “zeroed out” Title II funding for juvenile justice - those really are the only remaining funds allocated through the federal government to the states to support innovative programming as … Continue reading
If you have followed the travails of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) you know that I have written about the “twists and turns” that have resulted from concerns about compliance monitoring, with Wisconsin being the “highlight” (or … Continue reading
On April 21, the Senate held an oversight hearing to address concerns about OJJDP’s process for monitoring compliance with the four core protections in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act most recently authorized in 2002. Wisconsin has been at … Continue reading
The top ten of what you may ask? Well, Wisconsin ranks as the 7th highest state in terms of referral of students in school to police and courts – with 10.2 per 1,000 students referred compared to the national average … Continue reading
A recent Wisconsin Public Radio story highlighted the Grow Academy – a unique corrections program using hands-on agricultural experience and curriculums as a way to teach youthful offenders the kinds of skills we want all youth to have – academic … Continue reading
There has been a series of articles, with the final installment just released, in the Chronicle of Social Change focusing on the notion of building a system that includes positive youth development principles at its core. And Jeffrey Butts has … Continue reading
The Beautiful Truth in a Beyond-Partisan Solution – Grover Norquist lends support to a Second Chance for 17 Year Olds
It is rare that bi-partisan support emerges so strongly for an issue as has developed around the “rightness” of returning jurisdiction for first-time, non-violent 17 year olds to juvenile court. This could not have been more evident than in a … Continue reading
The most recent figures available from the Department of Justice continue the amazing trend of declining numbers of Wisconsin juveniles being arrested each year. Between 2009 and 2013 the number of juveniles arrested declined by over 30,000, representing a decrease … Continue reading
It is common practice in Wisconsin and around the country that youth who are in secure custody come into their court hearings in shackles of one kind or another. Almost always this is because that is how adult inmates are … 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.