by Alex S. Vitale March 23, 2018 -- read the original The criminologist John DiIulio sparked a panic in 1995 when he predicted there would be an explosion of juvenile superpredators in the coming years, resulting in widespread violence. His baseless theory was wrong; youth crime has fallen dramatically ever since. ... Instead of doubling … Continue reading The New ‘Superpredator’ Myth
Rather than asking “what’s the recidivism rate?” we should ask an entirely different set of questions about justice interventions. Are we really helping people convicted of crimes to form better relationships with their families and their law-abiding friends? Are we helping them to advance their educational goals? Are they more likely to develop the skills and abilities required for stable employment? Are we helping them to respect others and to participate positively in the civic and cultural life of their communities?
Policymakers who focus on recidivism as evidence of justice effectiveness are confusing a complex, bureaucratic indicator of system decision-making with a simple measure of individual behavior and rehabilitation. Recidivism is at least in part a gauge of police activity and enforcement emphasis and, because of differential policing practices in minority communities, using recidivism as a key measurement may disadvantage communities of color.
by Wendy Davis March 2, 2018 City Limits Seventeen-year-old “Jim” landed in a Leake & Watts group home for juvenile delinquents last August, after he stole money from his father to purchase a new phone. Jim, who had previously been arrested for trespassing in a neighbor’s apartment, is now among the oldest of the eight … Continue reading Program Keeping Convicted Youths Closer to Home Enjoys Success, Faces Cuts
Across the United States, youth justice systems are increasingly turning to the science of adolescent development to inform their intervention approaches and to measure youth success. Scientific knowledge about adolescent development is often expressed through the principles of positive youth development (PYD), a programmatic framework that encourages service providers to concentrate on the ability of … Continue reading Positive Outcomes
by Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) January 21, 2018 -- read original story In one Facebook post, two teenage boys posed in a photo with handguns on each of their laps. In another, a group of young men threatened to attack another man whom they believed had cooperated with detectives investigating a string of robberies. In each … Continue reading ‘Interrupters’ Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence
by Fred Mogul, WNYC News New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration wants to pull funding for a juvenile justice program started in 2013 with great fanfare. In the newly released 2019 budget proposal, state officials would zero out the $41 million that Albany has committed annually to “Close to Home.” The program places juveniles convicted … Continue reading Cuomo Seeks to Defund High-Profile Juvenile Justice Program
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center found that between 2014 and 2016, there was a 50 percent decrease in gun injuries in East New York, Brooklyn and a 37 percent reduction in the South Bronx, two communities where Cure Violence has been implemented. [ read original article ] by Samar … Continue reading Why Does Crime Keep Falling in New York City?
Juvenile justice experts cautioned Friday that while they see promise in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dramatic plan to convert the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison into an adult facility, its success largely depends on how well the changes are implemented.
by ADAM SHRIER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS January 2, 2018 For Rohan Levy, the line between life and death came down to a teenage gunman who mistook the 15-year-old boy’s friend for a rival gang member. The charismatic Brooklyn teen, with his bright smile and exuberant laugh, was joking with two friends just a half … Continue reading Senselessly Slain Teens Leave Behind Reminders of Cruel Fate Faced Daily in New York City Streets
IT’S LORD OF THE FLIES CULTURE WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE MANAGING THESE FACILITIES.WITH STRONG KIDS CONTROLLING THE WEAK KIDS — AND THE STAFF CONTROLLING THE STRONG KIDS. Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org DECEMBER 16, 2017 … Continue reading Florida Juvenile Justice said it Would Weed out Bad Hires. How Did This Guy Slip Through?
Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, said the Wisconsin prisons’ problems come from poor management. Staff who argue they need things like pepper spray, solitary confinement and shackles are saying “our culture within the facility has become so … Continue reading Wisconsin Juvenile Prisons Struggle to Change Course
By Beth Burger The Columbus Dispatch October 17, 2017 Each of last year’s homicide victims had families and friends. Most had funerals and burials. All have Columbus police homicide detectives assigned to their cases, pursuing their killers. So it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out how many people were killed, right? It depends on who … Continue reading Why Don’t Local, State and Federal Crime Numbers Add Up?
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND AUDRA D.S. BURCH OCTOBER 10, 2017 -- Miami Herald For two days, Keyon Felder begged a half-dozen youth care workers to protect him from his tormenter, someone he accused of orchestrating three attacks by other teens — the last of which knocked him out, and injured his face, head, arms, legs, … Continue reading Lightning Blasted his Shoes off — and Illuminated a Pattern of Abuse by Staff
NY1 News reports on JohnJayREC's recent study about the effects of Cure Violence. Includes a short comment from me. By Dean Meminger NY1 News October 3, 2017 NY1 VIDEO: Grassroots organizations have often argued they can stop violence in a way the police department cannot. Criminal Justice Reporter Dean Meminger tells us about a new … Continue reading Study: Community Program Reducing Violence in Two NYC Areas