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IN BRIEF

Youth Confinement
The Trump administration announced “a 20 percent increase in the number of beds for unaccompanied minors.”

California State Senator Nancy Skinner is proposing a statewide bill to ban late-night jail releases, following the death of 26-year-old Jessica St. Louis.

New from National Compadres Network: Conducting Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Through a Healing-Informed Approach with System-Involved Latinas. This report describes a project that “used a healing-informed curriculum (Xinachtli) and Youth Participatory Action Research to engage Latina system-involved girls as equal partners to inform detention alternatives and reform.”

Kansas United for Youth Justice produced a new report, Making the Case: Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration. The report outlines successful changes to Kansas’ youth justice system, highlights promising work in other states, and includes suggestions for lawmakers and practitioners.

“Reducing out-of-home placements in Philadelphia is certainly possible, but real change is unlikely without redirecting funds from institutions to communities.” Juvenile Law Center profiles Youth Advocate Programs Inc.’s national Safely Home Campaign as part of their #SafelyHomePhilly campaign in Pennsylvania.

Melissa Coretz Goeman in The Hill: “OJJDP should focus its funding resources on our most vulnerable youth and prioritize proven, community-based strategies, rather than returning us to failed ‘tough on crime’ policies of the past at the expense of our nation’s children.”

National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute alumni created a practitioner’s guide for developing and sustaining the leadership of justice-involved youth.

“The California legislature has passed a bill that prevents juveniles 15 or younger from being transferred into adult court for any crime, a dramatic turnaround in a state that used to give wide discretion to prosecutors in seeking adult time for youths.”

Also in California: advocates are working to amend the felony murder rule so “prosecutors would no longer be able to substitute the intent to commit a crime for the intent to commit murder.” New research shows 72% of women imprisoned under this rule were accomplices, and the majority of folks incarcerated as accomplices were under 25 when the crime took place.

An 11-year-old girl in Cincinnati, Ohio was tased by an off-duty police officerafter she walked away and ignored his calls for her to stop while he questioned her and several other girls about stealing food. She is being charged with theft and obstruction of justice.

Mariame Kaba and Andrea Ritchie’s new initiative Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action will work with local campaigns to address the growing criminalization and incarceration of women and LGBTQ people of color.

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the National Network for Youth’s new report, Homeless and Runaway Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, highlights how runaway and homeless youth programs are collaborating with juvenile justice systems.

WORTH, a new women’s unit at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, created with the support of Vera Institute of Justice, focuses on reducing recidivism among young women age 18-25.

School Safety
Betsy DeVos is moving to change campus sexual assault policies. The new rules would “narrow the definition of sexual harassment, holding schools accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities and for conduct said to have occurred on their campuses. They would also establish a higher legal standard to determine whether schools improperly addressed complaints.”

Faith, an 11-year-old student in Louisiana, was barred from attending classesbecause school officials said her hairstyle violated school policy – after receiving public backlash the school has changed their policies. A student in New Jersey is suing the district for failing to take action when she reported racist bullying and harassment from her peers, beginning in 2010. In Oklahoma, school officials canceled classes for two days after Maddie, a 12-year-old transgender student, was bullied and violently threatened online by her classmate’s parents for using the girl’s bathroom. And a principal in Chicago responded to concerns about sexual abuse by changing the school dress code.

“When you kick a kid out of school, of classrooms, oftentimes they end up in courtrooms.” Washington State is enacting its first major change to school discipline in almost 40 years.

A two-part series on the Real News Network with Dr. Khalilah Harris looks at black girls’ experiences with school pushout in Baltimore.

Child Welfare
In Arizona, the Department of Child Services’ emphasis on placing children with family members rather than foster families is highlighting the disparity in financial support each receives from the state: “Soto, a 20-year-old single mother with a toddler of her own, receives $90 a month from the state — $45 for each of her nieces. If she had let them go to a stranger’s home, that foster parent would receive about $1,300 a month to care for the two girls.”

Thirty-five current and former foster youth in Oregon developed policy recommendations for reshaping Oregon’s foster care system and support of foster youth. The recommendations include hiring former foster youth to bridge communication gaps, broadening health coverage for foster youth, and creating a resource center for foster parents.

Maine Governor Paul LePage signed four new bills reforming the child welfare system. Family reunification was a “priority” under previous regulations; one new bill changes that by directing caseworkers instead to undertake “reasonable effort” to reunify families.

Reproductive Justice
The Trump administration announced it would continue funding the 81 granteesof the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program under their original five-year contracts after losing multiple lawsuits. “However, the administration will use their new criteria that emphasizes abstinence and erases mention of LGBTQ youth to award future grants.”

Texas diverted $3 million from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to fund an eight million dollar contract to Human Coalition, an organization “with a history of deploying deceptive tactics against those seeking abortion services.”

New Research
New research published in Pediatrics finds a connection between childhood parental incarceration and health behaviors in adulthood.

A new analysis of data from a 2008 study of teenagers being treated for depression shows that parents’ mental health improved as children received treatment.

recent study of adjudicated youth in Florida explores the connections between “the co-occurrence of current substance use and mental health concerns and their effects on the Adverse Childhood Experiences-Recidivism relationship.”

Researchers investigated whether gender makes a difference in crossover prevention in Illinois.

OPPORTUNITIES

Campaign for Youth Justice is hiring a Communications Associate.

Apply for the Young Women’s Advisory Council as part of New York City’s Young Women’s Initiative.

WATCH

BOOKMARKS

UPCOMING

TAKE NOTE

“Rather than swallow her frustrations in the face of discrimination, Williams fought back and reminded the world of her greatness. In doing so, she gave her 20-year-old vanquisher, Naomi Osaka, an even bigger victory: the right to be angry and black and a woman — on and off the court. Her rage was for the countless women silenced by sexist discrimination, not a simple pleading for herself.”

Source: Salamishah Tillet in the New York Times

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