News Archive

April 3, 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.   1974  The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act created the following entities: The Office of Juvenile Justice and...
April 3, 2012
We invite you to read the following new resource on juvenile competence to stand trial (JCST) entitled: Developing Statutes for Competence to Stand Trial in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings:  A Guide for Lawmakers. This guide, authored by Kimberly Larson, J.D., Ph.D. and Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. as part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative and the...
April 3, 2012
The Campaign for Youth Justice is excited to launch its new blog available at http://www.campaignforyouthjusticeblog.org. The blog will provide the latest information about federal updates, state-by-state policy updates on youth in the adult criminal justice system, and juvenile justice issues as well as personal stories and calls to action from CFYJ staff and directly affected youth and their...
March 30, 2012
During the Spring meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 21, 2012, the following three resolutions were adopted by the NCJFCJ:   Resolution Observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The NCJFCJ will observe June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and urges judges, lawyers, probation officers, social workers, domestic violence advocates, and other professionals to take steps to enhance the...
March 28, 2012
The National Juvenile Justice Network is now accepting applications for the second year of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute! The Institute is a robust, year-long program that includes leadership development, training in juvenile justice system policies and practices, theories of change, and advocacy skills development. Our mission is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile...
March 27, 2012
Through the support of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) is pleased to announce the Family Drug Court (FDC) Peer Learning Court Program.  Applications are now being accepted! The Peer Learning Court Program is part of the range of technical assistance opportunities available through the Center for Children and...
March 26, 2012
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has posted on its website a solicitation for its Courts Training and Improvements Program (Courts Program) (available at  http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/courts-program-sol.pdf ). The Courts Program creates a unique opportunity for federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local courts or court-based programs to significantly improve court responses to...
March 26, 2012
NCJFCJ’s National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law started with a patriotic display from Las Vegas’ Palo Verde High School Color Guard and a leading of the Pledge of Allegiance by our Board President, Judge Patricia Martin. High school student, Malia Civetz, performed the national anthem before joining her fellow jazz musicians from Las Vegas Academy for a few musical numbers to kick off the...
March 21, 2012
Earlier this month, NCJFCJ posted about the 45th anniversary of the 1967 In re Gault decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that juveniles accused of crimes must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults as required by the Fourteenth Amendment. This Supreme Court decision was followed in 2005 by the Roper v. Simmons case in which the court outlawed death sentences for...
March 21, 2012
The NCJFCJ Diversity Committee and staff met today in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the Board of Trustees meeting held in conjunction with the National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law.   During the meeting, the committee reviewed initial results of the Phase 1 diversity survey (member demographics and background) and discussed content for Phase 2 of the survey (member attitudes and beliefs...

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