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
Although many thought that lead poisoning has been largely abated over the last decade, the Flint water crisis has reminded the country that lead poisoning is a real threat for many children and families. You can check out a January … Continue reading
If you have been living in a cave or have been transfixed watching only football over the last two weeks – let’s hope neither is the case – you perhaps have missed the extensive main media and social media attention … Continue reading
As advocacy efforts to raise the age of adult court from 16 (yes 16) to 18 in New York continue, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to give former youthful offenders a second chance by pardoning those who committed nonviolent … Continue reading
A recently released report from the Sentencing Project, Declines in Youth Commitments and Facilities in the 21st Century, summarizes the dramatic declines in youth confinement that have occurred across the country over the last decade or so. This is not … Continue reading
A new report by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a nationwide initiative focused on removing youth from the adult criminal justice system, demonstrates failures in keeping youth housed in adult prisons safe. Specifically, the report focuses on states’ compliance to … Continue reading
New State Profiles Provide a More Comprehensive Look at Juvenile Justice – How do we compare to other states?
Juvenile Justice Geography, Police, Practice, and Statistics (JJGPS) has launched a new, state-specific profile system for exploring information on juvenile justice, providing a more comprehensive and detailed review of individual states. The profile includes information related to six key areas: … Continue reading
For well over a decade, trends in Wisconsin’s key juvenile justice numbers have followed the national trends by continuing to decline. That trend continued through 2014 in which there were fewer juvenile arrests (only about 1/3 the number in 2002), … Continue reading
Borrowing from Jeff Butts, the notion that there is no such thing as a “magic birthday” struck me when I read that Governor Malloy of Connecticut announced a new initiative to look at reforming the justice system for 18 to … Continue reading
Cleveland, Ohio has one of the worst lead problems in the nation…it also has one of the highest crime rates. A recent news series in Cleveland is now presenting the overwhelming evidence that these two issues are connected. The link … 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.