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LAWS & LEGISLATION:

  1. Nebraska Judicial Branch
  2. Nebraska Legislature

GRANTS:

  1. Nebraska Crime Commission
  2. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  3. The Grantsmanship Center

RELATED LINKS:

  1. Center for Juvenile Justice Reform 
  2. National Juvenile Justice Network 
  3. National Coalition for Juvenile Justice
  4. Annie E. Casey Foundation
  5. Child Welfare League of America 
  6. Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
  7. Midlands Mentoring Partnership
  8. ACEs Connection:  An outgrowth of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study which documented the health crises created by childhood trauma
  9. National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  10. The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring: online newsletter for mentoring professionals
  11. Daily Nebraskan article (Nov. 1, 2012), Mentoring opportunity inside juvenile justice system gives more than grades
  12. Omaha World Herald article (February 27, 2013), Nebraska’s juvenile lockup rate 3rd highest in U.S.
  13. Lincoln Journal Star article (March 22, 2013), Lawmakers near major overhaul of juvenile court process 
  14. Lincoln Journal Star article (May 3, 2013, Lawmakers pass new sentencing limits for juveniles
  15. Omaha World Herald article (May 3, 2013), Senators pass bill ending mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers
  16. Omaha World Herald article (May 9, 2013), Gov. Heineman signs bill on sentences for young killers

SPECIAL REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS:

  1. UNO Consortium on Crime and Justice Research/Juvenile Justice Institute
  2. Nebraska Voices for Children
  3. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  4. National Juvenile Defender Center Report on Quality of Nebraska’s Legal Representation for Juveniles
  5. Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ): Report on Positive Power: Exercising Judicial Leadership to Prevent Court Involvement and Incarceration of Non-Delinquent Youth
  6. A new issue bulletin, A Judicial Perspective on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders in the United States with Recommendations for Policy & Practice, developed jointly by CJJ and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)
  7. An article, authored by CJJ Director of State Strategies Marie Williams, in the Spring 2012 issue of NCJFCJ’s Juvenile and Family Justice Today
  8. A new report from Justice for Families: Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice.
  9. Research Briefs Examine Interventions for Girls/Boys. Child Trends has released two fact sheets: “What Works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions” and “What Works for Male Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions.” Each research brief synthesizes findings from more than 100 evaluations of interventions to reduce risk factors for children and youth, presenting what works – and what doesn’t – for girls and boys.
  10. Bullying Prevention Training Modules Available Online. Free, online bullying prevention training modules are now available on StopBullying.gov. The training modules offer a PowerPoint presentation for community events, speaker notes with suggested talking points, a Community Action Toolkit, and a video for use in bullying prevention efforts in communities.
  11. The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative, has released Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform. The report documents advances and reforms in juvenile justice across the country between 2009 and 2011 in 24 policy areas, including closing and downsizing facilities, reducing the recidivism rate, stemming the school-to-prison pipeline, and addressing juveniles involved in the adult justice system.
  12. Motivational Interviewing e-course: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is pleased to announce a brand new e-course, now available at NIC’s Learning Center: Motivational Interviewing (MI) provides an overview of MI as it may be applied in a correctional setting. By using specific techniques and applying MI, corrections professionals can help increase offenders’ motivation to make changes in their lives that will reduce their likelihood of re-offending. This course is a self-study orientation course and resource for corrections professionals as well as a classroom aid for supervisors and trainers.
  13. APA Position Statement on Review of Sentences for Juveniles Serving Lengthy Mandatory Terms of Imprisonment
  14. Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense
  15. Program Offers Support for Justice-Involved Families. Juvenile Justice 101 helps parents and guardians of justice system-involved youth understand the juvenile court process.
    A Guidebook for Implementing Juvenile Justice 101 provides more information about this family engagement program, a 6-month plan for implementing the program in local courts, and training materials for partners.
  16. Publication Addresses Educational Needs of System-Involved Youth. Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has released the second edition of Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems.” This paper outlines strategies for meeting the complex educational needs of children and youth involved with the juvenile justice and foster care systems.
  17. Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center now offers a 3-hour training on Child Abuse and Neglect. This training teaches what to report, who to report to, everyone’s role in reporting, how law enforcement and HHS respond to the reports, signs of physical and sexual abuse and neglect as well, etc. If interested in offering this training for your organization, contact 308-385-5238.
  18. Minority Justice Committee 2012 Progress Report – By addressing systemic barriers to equity and access, the Minority Justice Committee (MJC) improves the justice system and strengthens public trust and confidence in the courts. The Committee is a joint effort of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Nebraska Supreme Court, appointed by the Supreme Court in May of 2003 in response to a Task Force’s two-year investigation of racial and ethnic fairness in Nebraska’s court system. The Committee is pleased to share these brief accounts of progress made in 2012.
  19. Evidence-Based Practices Resources – What Is the Evidence? Evidence-based policy and practice is focused on reducing offender risk, which in turn reduces new crime and improves public safety. Of the many available approaches to corrections, a few core principles stand out as proven risk reduction strategies. Though not all of the principles are supported by the same weight of evidence, each has been proven to influence positive behavior change. Download the document here. For additional information on NIC’s EBP Resources and Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative
  20. Guide to Risk Assessment Implementation Available – The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project has published Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation.” This guidebook details the purpose and nature of risk assessment, defines risk assessment concepts, describes some of the research evidence, and provides indepth guidance on selecting and implementing an evidence-based tool.
  21. OJJDP News @ a Glance, January/February 2013 highlights the Office’s ongoing efforts to combat child sex trafficking in the United States, the third annual National Mentoring Summit, OJJDP’s new “Beyond Detention” publication series, and more.
  22. NJDC Releases Standards on Juvenile Defense – The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) has releasedNational Juvenile Defense Standards.” This guidebook provides comprehensive information about the role and duties of juvenile defenders in the modern juvenile court system and a framework for representation anchored in law, science, and professional codes of responsibility.
  23. OJJDP Bulletin Highlights Study on Detained Youth – The Northwestern Juvenile Project: Overview is the first Beyond Detention series bulletin. It introduces the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large-scale, prospective longitudinal study of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric disorders in a diverse sample of juvenile detainees. This bulletin describes the project’s goals, sampling and interview methods, areas of measurement, and selected findings.
  24. Publication Discusses Children’s Well-Being – The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has recently released e-book versions ofAmerica’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2012.” This report is the result of a collaboration by agencies across the federal government to advance understanding of the nation’s children and what may be needed to bring them a better future.
  25. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Youth Incarceration in the United States, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2013
  26. Justice Policy Institute report focusing on what practices other states have implemented that have effectively reduced incarceration. Diversion is mentioned.
  27. Vera Guide for Juvenile Justice Service Providers – Handbook on becoming an evidence-based practice can aid wide range of social service practitioners: Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice
  28. MEANWHILE: The Lasting Impact of Juvenile Records in Washington State” Educational Video and Bulletin Released: In late March, the Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice Youth Committee (the state SAG) and Fab-5 released a video that illustrates how mistakes youth make can cost them time in the juvenile justice system and create lasting barriers to educational and employment opportunities.
  29. In early March, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched a new public awareness campaign, “Mistakes Kids Make,” that aims to build broad understanding of the need for youth services and court systems that prevent delinquency and that are fair, developmentally sensitive, and aimed at providing positive chances for growth. See short video (under 2 min).
  30. How Great Teachers Can Identify and Prevent Bullying in Schools: Blog article by Amy Leeson
  31. 24th KIDS COUNT Data Book, Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2013. The Data Book provides policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being that in turn can enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
  32. Absenteeism and Truancy: Nebraska’s evolving approach, Voices for Children, 2014

STATISTICS:

  1. Nebraska Crime Commission  
  2. Nebraska’s Kids Count Data Center