News Archive

July 23, 2012
By Diane Barnette, CMP This July, more than 500 participants from across the country attended NCJFCJ's 75th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The three-day training opened with a celebratory reception honoring the organization’s 75-year history. Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans native and jazz musician featured on HBO's show Treme, along with his band the Barbecue Swingers, performed to an...
July 9, 2012
By Wendy Schiller NCJFCJ is celebrating 75 years of bringing judicial education to the juvenile justice field. Part of that history includes celebrating the proliferation of juvenile drug courts as a growing and valuable docket within the juvenile justice system. When the juvenile justice system was first founded, the reformers envisioned a system that involved families, a non-adversarial model,...
July 9, 2012
By Shawn Marsh, Ph.D. Anyone who has spent any time on YouTube has probably run across videos of teenagers jumping skateboards down multiple flights of stairs without helmets or flinging themselves and their bicycles off of steep homebuilt wooden ramps. To most adults, these activities exemplify the questionable judgment often associated with adolescents. Certainly, these types of activities can...
July 3, 2012
The staff here at NCJFCJ is getting increasingly busy preparing for the upcoming 75thAnnual Conference! Faculty are diligently planning their presentations, social activities are filling up fast, and we’re all getting the itch to sight-see in the Big Easy. Will you be in New Orleans that week, but don’t have time to attend all days of the conference? Consider registering for a single day either...
July 2, 2012
In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we're highlighting some ground-breaking events in the field of juvenile and family justice that have helped shape our organization's mission to provide every family and child with access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice. 1995 - Child Victims Act Model Courts Project is established. The Child Victims Act Model Courts Project (VAMC), funded through the...
July 2, 2012
By Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. and Cheri Ely, MA, LSW The NCJFCJ is launching a new project entitled Judicially Led Responses to Eliminate School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System thanks to the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Public Welfare Foundation, and Open Society Foundation. The project will kick off at the NCJFCJ 75th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this month...
June 27, 2012
On June 19, 2012, E. Hunter Hurst, III, the founding Director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), passed away. Hurst was hired in 1973 as director and first employee of NCJJ in Pittsburgh. Over his nearly 35 years as director, Hurst guided the development of NCJJ from an independently...
June 25, 2012
The United States Supreme Court ruled today that the Eight Amendment forbids life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for juvenile homicide offenders. In a 5-4 decision, authored by Justice Kagan (and citing several National Center for Juvenile Justice publications) and based on prior Supreme Court precedent, mandatory life without parole was held to violate the Eight Amendment right,...
June 25, 2012
By Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D.[i] Human beings are highly social animals – and perhaps nothing illustrates this reality more than a teenager. During the years between childhood and adulthood, the drive to spend time with peers increases substantially, and many scholars of human development suggest peer relationships become the most important and influential relationships in the lives of teenagers (much...
June 22, 2012
Throughout the month of June, national and local actions are taking place both to honor families involved in the child welfare system who have been reunified and to thank individuals working with families to make reunification happen.  On June 19, 2012, Congresswoman Gwen Moore hosted a panel of family advocates to brief Congress on reunification. Panel members, including Hon. Larnzell Martin, Jr...

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