Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime
NPR reports: After the killing of a Ph.D student by a gunman in 2007, the University of Chicago established a center to study how to prevent homicide, using the tools of empirical science. Now, in a study issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research, investigators from the university’s Crime Lab say they have identified an intervention that could help reduce violent crime.
Color of Justice
A CPTV original documentary about Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice system. Statistics collected over 17 years indicate that minority children are treated more harshly than white children when it comes to sanctions within the Juvenile Justice system. VERY GOOD.
WATCH HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArPuTG_X4dg
Expanding Evidence-Based Treatment for Georgia’s Troubled Youth: Everyone Agrees… Except the Budget
JJIE ran two big stories Tuesday morning on Georgia’s juvenile justice system and why children are still not receiving the best alternative and evidence-based treatment they deserve. Most shocking perhaps is the following, “Less than 2 percent of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s $300 million annual budget funds the kind of intensive, evidence-based at-home care for youthful offenders supported by research.” In addition, a number of the relatively few of these programs in existence are slated to be shut down in 2014.