Monthly Archives: April 2014

Childhood Trauma — the Northwestern Juvenile Project

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention OJJDP News & A Glance focuses on childhood traumatic stress.  The Northwestern Juvenile Project has been highlighted as a longitudinal study of juveniles detained in Cook County, Illinois … Continue reading

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The Swinging Pendulum of Judicial Discretion

Question:  Should there be more oversight and data gathered about dispositions imposed across the state in juvenile cases? Over the last few years at both the federal and state level, there has been a call for movement away from mandatory … Continue reading

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What is Happening to the DCS Oversight Committee?

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children (“Commission)” absorbed the Child Services Oversight Committee (“Committee”) during the last legislative session in order to save the Committee from elimination when SEA 80 was passed.  I.C. 2-5-36.1, which defines the Committee, … Continue reading

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Victim’s Advocates in the Courtroom — SEA 138

I.C. 34-60-1-4 will be added on July 1, 2014, to allow victim advocates to attend a civil proceeding (which presumably includes CHINS/TPR and juvenile delinquency proceedings), sit with the victim, and confer with the victim if necessary. I.C. 34-60-1-1 describes … Continue reading

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Trauma-Informed Care at Detention Centers Webinar

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 2pm-3:30pm EDT, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Center for Youth in Custody will present a Webinar, Trauma-Informed Care, to discuss the use of trauma-informed care in juvenile detention … Continue reading

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New PREA Resources

The National PREA Resource Center has released documents that will be used by auditors to ensure that juvenile facilities are complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.  The documents include: (1) a pre-audit questionnaire, (2) the auditor compliance tool, (3) … Continue reading

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Reducing Youth Incarceration

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency has issued reports on the youth deincarceration trend over the last ten years.  Indiana has certainly seen evidence of this trend with the expanding Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the closing of the … Continue reading

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