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March 27, 2015
    Evidence-Based Practice 101:  Understanding and Using Evidence to Inform the Domestic Violence Field   Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015  Time: 10-11:15 a.m. PST / 1-2:15 p.m. EST Cost: Free     Please join the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC), a project of the NCJFCJ, for a free webinar presented by Alicia Summers, Ph.D., NCJFCJ Program Director...
March 27, 2015
    Pictured: Judge Deborah Schumacher (center, holding sign) with NCJFCJ staff members   On Wednesday evening, the Northern Nevada community gathered to honor Judge Deborah Schumacher as the recipient of the Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award at the Northern Nevada Women Lawyer’s Association (NNWLA) Banquet. The award was created in 1989 to honor women for their significant contributions to the...
March 24, 2015
(Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Richard B. Bennett, founding partner of Durbin Bennett Private Wealth Management, LLC, as their first non-judicial director. Richard Bennett has more than twenty-five years of experience working with affluent individuals, families and their closely held entities providing integrated private wealth...
March 23, 2015
The NCJFCJ's research division, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), is proud to release a new section of the Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics website (JJGPS.org). The new juvenile justice services area of the website profiles the states are structured, state frameworks to advance evidence based practice in juvenile justice, the prevalence of risk...
March 23, 2015
by Logan A. Yelderman, MA, and Lorie L. Sicafuse[1] Eyewitness identification is perhaps the most critical element in cases involving violent crimes. Police use eyewitness identification to justify arresting and charging a suspect. Prosecutors are often reluctant to pursue cases in which victims cannot identify their assailant(s), and jurors weigh eyewitness testimony more heavily than other...
March 19, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announces its support of the American Probation & Parole Association's Issue Paper Risk and Needs Assessment, recognizing the need to apply science to courtroom practice and procedure to improve outcomes for those we serve.  Risk and needs assessment instruments are tools that provide data-based information to practitioners at...
March 19, 2015
The seventh issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics: Does formal court processing of young offenders reduce recidivism? What factors influence members of the New York Muslim community to cooperate with the police in combatting terrorism? Are young sex offenders likely to repeat their offenses? Does allowing young...
March 18, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' (NCJFCJ) 78th Annual Conference program schedule is now available!  The curriculum features a diverse program with a wide range of topics that include juvenile justice, family law, child welfare, and family violence. Additionally, there will be specialty tracks for juvenile probation officers and innovative and practical approaches to...
March 16, 2015
by Sarah Smith, JD and Carlene Gonzalez, Ph.D.[1] Most people would agree that the victim of a crime is the last person who deserves to be judged. Yet judgment – from the public, from law enforcement, even from their families – is exactly what many crime victims encounter when they seek justice. Rape victims are met with skepticism about the veracity of their claims if they delay reporting the...
March 16, 2015
On Saturday, February 28, NCJFCJ President-Elect Judge Darlene Byrne of the 126th Civil District Court in Travis County, Texas was the first receipient of the Any Baby Can Austin Advocate Award 2015. The Any Baby Can Austin Advocate Award is presented to an individual or group that recognizes the potential in all children and advocates for resources to provide hope, healing and, justice to every...

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