News Archive

September 9, 2011
Judge John Leventhal of the New York Appellate Division and attorney Jennifer White of Futures without Violence describe the many misconceptions people have about the elderly as both victims and perpetrators of crime, and ways to improve responses to elder abuse. This is one of three podcasts produced by the Center for Court Innovationin collaboration with NCJFCJ (July 2011). Click here to listen...
September 8, 2011
Barbara Thompson, director of the Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, discusses the services available to military families, the impacts the prolonged deployment of a parent or sibling can have on youth, and the important role courts and communities can play in offering support. This is one of three podcasts produced by the Center for Court Innovation in...
August 18, 2011
Theresa Pouley, chief judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court in Washington state, Michael Petoskey, chief judge of the Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan, and William A. Thorne Jr., a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals, discuss misconceptions about the Indian Child Welfare Act and the advantages of transferring child welfare cases from state to tribal...
May 20, 2011
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Thomas Lillis, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Youth Services, Erie County, New York. Mr. Lillis, after many years of dedicated service to the children and families of New York, will be retiring at the end of this month.] Two of the most misunderstood and misapplied concepts in juvenile justice are motivation and intervention intensity. When a youth enters a...
March 25, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control has determined that 1 in every 110 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD used to be a rare and low-incidence disability—it wasn’t even mentioned in the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act. Yet, by the law’s 1990 reauthorization (and renaming as IDEA), autism was added to the listing of disabilities. This soaring prevalence of ASD has had...
March 22, 2011
It may be surprising to even this expert audience to learn that in 45 states and in federal court the government can compel testimony about communications and observations between a parent and his/her child. Only Connecticut, Minnesota, Idaho, Massachusetts, and New York have a privilege that bars a parent or child from being forced to divulge confidences or testify against the other. There are...
March 10, 2011
I’d like to start this post by posing a question to those of you who work in the Family Court system: How does your work affect the lives of young people? Whether you interact daily with teenagers as a judge, lawyer or caseworker, or whether your work includes less direct (but no less important) contact with teenagers, it’s safe to say that within the Family Court system, a substantial portion of...
March 7, 2011
Youth who have unmet or inadequately met special education needs are more likely to experience academic failure and drop out of school. Unmet educational needs and academic failure place students at risk of being suspended and expelled from school for behaviors that are manifestations of a disability. Students who are suspended or expelled are more likely to drop out of school. Students who drop...
March 2, 2011
Floods, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, hazardous material spills—disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. In fact, the number of annual Presidential disaster declarations has more than doubled over the last few decades. All courts need plans to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies so that the essential services they provide can become operational...
February 28, 2011
At a time when workforce efficiency and outcome efficacy are critically important to our juvenile justice and probation systems, a comprehensive probation system review has been developed and utilized to enhance practices and service provision on behalf of the youth and families involved in the juvenile justice and other relevant youth serving systems. The elements of the review take advantage of...

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