Productivity in A Stable Workforce

  There have been many media articles and individual conversations as of late, regarding the status and future of the programs for youth in the Juvenile Justice System in Nebraska. It is evident to me that if any change needs to occur, those involved in such a process adopt a ‘planned response’ change-management system. How […]

National Gang Center Publishes “Parent’s Guide to Gangs” Update

In a blog post this week, the OJJDP announced the release of a useful tool for parents and juvenile justice professionals. On their website, OJJDP said, “The National Gang Center recently published an updated version of the ‘Parents’ Guide to Gangs. The guide provides parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to […]

Nebraska Probation Announces Poster Contest

The Probation Administration is sponsoring a poster contest in connection with Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week. The contest is open to all ages, probationers, family members, community members, etc. Also, for those of you that work with community groups such as day reporting centers, group homes, Boystown, etc. Follow the link below for a […]

News Release: Spotlight Finds Four Nebraskans for Helping State’s Youth

(Award winners (L to R) Dr. Kenneth Zoucha, Erin Curran, Raevin Bigelow, and NJJA President Mike Renn) June 5, 2015 KEARNEY – “I was just doing my job,” is a statement that means more for some than others. At this year’s Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Conference, four people were recognized for doing so much more […]

Conference Documents Now Available

An email was sent yesterday to all conference registrants containing a link to access conference schedules, slide decks and handouts. All documents will be available in digital form and downloadable Pdf. This page is only available to conference registrants, so it can’t be accessed without a direct link. If you are registered for the conference […]

2015 NJJA Award Nominations

Every year, we at the NJJA like to recognize youth and juvenile justice professionals who make exceptional efforts towards improving and strengthening the juvenile justice community in Nebraska. Together, NJJA and the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice will present four awards at our 40th anniversary conference in Kearney, May 6-8.

Latest YRTC Data from Children’s Commission OJS Sub-Committee

View the latest YRTC Data Update from the January meeting of the OJS Sub-Committee. The OJS Sub-Committee is tasked with identifying which juveniles are actually appropriate to be referred to the YRTCs.

2015 NJJA Conference

Save the date for our 2015 NJJA Conference on May 6-8 in Kearney! For more information, click here.

Executive Dysfunction Predicts Delinquency But Not Sexual Aggression

January 22, 2015 Recent research from the Northeast Educational Assessment and Research Institute finds links between executive dysfunction, delinquency and sexual aggression. Follow this link to read the full article published in this month’s NEARI Newsletter. According to the agency’s website, “[This] newsletter article focuses on whether there is a link between the executive functioning […]

5 Things to Consider Regarding Reentry and Employment

              By Sam Aspnes I tell most people my first job was working the concession stand of a movie theater. In reality, my first job was being a part of my parents’ labor force. Despite legislation outlawing forced child labor, my parents flaunted the law and made me mow […]

Hope After Juvenile Detention? You Bet!

Olympia, Wash. – For kids wondering if they can ever recover from the mistakes of youth, they need look no further than the story of Starcia Ague. Despite a horrific childhood and a serious juvenile criminal history, Starcia now works for the President of the United States. NJJA first came to know Starcia when she […]

My Weekend at Camp

By Amy West, Nebraska Appleseed “So, what did you do this weekend?” Usually, I don’t have a great answer for this popular Monday morning question. Hmmm… I played with my cats, read a little, did some yard work, went for a run, maybe went out to dinner… Yup, that pretty much summarizes a typical weekend […]

How It All Went Down: 2014 NJJA Conference

By Monica Miles-Steffens On behalf of the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Board, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who came together for the 2014 Annual NJJA Conference!  We can soundly say that this year’s conference was bigger and better than ever, and we owe it all to the hardworking men and women who attend […]