News Archive

March 19, 2012
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2011,” a report that provides data on crime and safety at school from the perspective of students, teachers, and principals. It also provides crime and safety information for students’ travel to and from school. The report highlights the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime...
March 14, 2012
The National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court concluded yesterday in New York City. Organized by the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, Chaired and officiated by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye (Ret.), and held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, the Summit brought together teams of juvenile court...
March 13, 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.   1967 - In re Gault was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision which affirmed the necessity of requiring juvenile courts to...
March 9, 2012
This article features one of the Council's judge members, Camile DuBose, originally published in Texas Lawyer. Click here to view the article on their site. By: Angela Morris A frightening and humbling experience as a young mother set Judge Camile DuBose on a path that led her to preside over the 38th District Court in Uvalde. "It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me," she...
March 8, 2012
Human beings tend to overestimate their ability to see and remember things accurately, and underestimate their susceptibility to conforming to authority and group norms.  Coupled with numerous types of bias -- many of which operate outside of our awareness --  human beings simply might not be as in charge of their behavior and decisions as they think.  Perception, memory, social influence, and...
March 1, 2012
NCJFCJ offers a webinar series covering Fostering Connections and highlighting specific provisions and guidance around education and family-finding, designed for Model Courts and their teams (but open to others who are interested in the topics.) Fostering Connections 101: A Guide to the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act October 6, 2011 9:00am-11am/12:00-2:00 EST...
February 28, 2012
Earlier this month, as part of our 75th Anniversary celebration, NCJFCJ highlighted the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. The Declaration is a non-binding resolution of the United Nations General Assembly and is not enforceable by law. The Declaration was written out of recognition that children require special safeguards and legal protection...
February 27, 2012
An alarming number of young people are exposed to domestic violence at home – a phenomenon that can both teach violence as a way of getting needs met and desensitize adolescents to aggressive behavior. While not all victims and perpetrators of adolescent partner violence witness domestic violence in the home, growing up in a home where there is domestic violence greatly increases the likelihood...
February 23, 2012
Note: This article submitted on behalf of the Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD) of the NCJFCJ Prior NCJFCJ research (Wood, Russell, Macgill, & Summers, under review) suggests that lower judicial workloads are related to timely permanency in juvenile dependency cases. Lower judicial workloads were associated with a higher percentage of juvenile dependency cases achieving...

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