News Archive

November 29, 2011
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Katheryn Yetter, J.D., Senior Attorney, Family Violence Department, NCJFCJ.] The Family Violence Department (FVD) is available to assist judges, court administrators, and other professionals design conference agendas, training programs, and other domestic violence-related outreach and educational programming. In the last three months, the FVD has assisted...
November 23, 2011
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Jessica Pearce, Projects Coordinator, Juvenile and Family Law Department, NCJFCJ] Juvenile drug courts serve a critical role in helping youth address, and ultimately overcome, concurrent substance abuse and delinquent behavior. Comprehensive interventions for juvenile substance abuse are of particular importance because substance abuse is a risk factor for...
November 10, 2011
[This excerpt was published in the University of Nevada Development and Alumni Briefs - November 9, 2011] The Judicial Studies Program, in recognition of 25 years on campus, has created a scholarship to support students pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in judicial studies. The University offers the only judicial studies graduate degree program in the country. Both programs are offered in...
November 8, 2011
[Note: The following excerpt is from National Public Radio] Politicians and law enforcement officials have long focused on reducing crime by putting criminals behind bars. Now, some have challenged the effectiveness of that approach, arguing that the best way to reduce crime is to offer second chances to low-level, non-violent offenders. Today we’ll focus on two ideas to offer kids and nonviolent...
November 4, 2011
On October 25, 2011, NPR released a report entitled “Incentives and Cultural Bias Fuel Foster System,” which focused on the disproportionate number of Native American youth in the South Dakota foster care system. According to the report, Native American children represent more than 50% of the foster care population but only 15% of South Dakota’s population. NPR relied on information for its story...
November 1, 2011
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Cynthia J. Billey, Esq., National Adoption Day Coalition Events Coordinator; Director, Foster Children's Adoption Project, The Alliance for Children's Rights.] Every day in America, children who entered the foster care system as victims of abuse or neglect become available for adoption. Most will wait at least three years before being adopted.  Sadly, one in...
October 21, 2011
NCJFCJ’s research division, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), has recently published a groundbreaking study on the prevalence of child welfare involvement among delinquent youth in the newly released Doorways to Delinquency: Multisystem Involvement of Delinquent Youth in King County (Seattle, WA).  The study, by Gregg Halemba and Gene Siegel, concerns multi-system involvement of...
September 29, 2011
Domestic Violence Awareness (DVAM) month is a time to educate the public, inspire action, and tell communities about the help and services that are available to victims of domestic violence. The goals of DVAM are to raise awareness about the prevalence and cost of domestic violence, the need for prevention, and the services that are available in the community to victims and their families. In...
September 22, 2011
[Note: This entry was written by Irene Sullivan for the Reclaiming Futures blog] The “Beyond ‘Scared Straight’” message, “In prison for a day to stay out for life,” certainly appeals to a television audience. The hit series from Disney’s A&E Network became the most-watched original series launch in the network’s history with an audience of 3.7 million people. The show is a spinoff of the...
September 14, 2011
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Cindy Holdren, Employer Services Team, Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement] In May 2011, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement published the revised Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-approved Income Withholding for Support (IWO) form that must be used by courts and attorneys when directing employers to withhold payments for child support...

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