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
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
OK- perhaps a “play on words”, but it is time we thought seriously about why and how many youth that appear in juvenile courts across the state are shackled, despite no evidence that unshackling youth results in any danger to … Continue reading
A group of comprehensive new bills which aim to keep youth out of the adult criminal justice system has been introduced to the Michigan state legislature. The Youth in Prison package, which has bi-partisan support, takes recommendations from the Michigan … Continue reading
As part of a Kentucky court case in which two elementary students were handcuffed by the SRO, the US Department of Justice submitted a Statement of Interest about the how SRO’s should deal with youth, particular students with disabilities. In … Continue reading
This past week, Rep. Bobby Scott (Virginia) introduced the Youth Justice Act of 2015 a bill that mirrors the Senate bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). But, Rep. Scott’s proposal creatively takes the best parts … 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
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.