Juvenile Justice

All kids deserve fair treatment in court. Kids Forward seeks to ensure that kids are treated through the juvenile court so their developmental needs can be better accounted for throughout the court and rehabilitative process.

See information about the Second Chance Bill, which would return first-time, nonviolent 17-year-old offenders to the juvenile system.

Kids Forward is a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which helps support and enhance the work of state-based groups to promote the reform of America’s critically flawed juvenile justice system at every level.

OJA Announces New Juvenile Justice Grant Opportunities

The Office of Justice Assistance has just announced the availability of two grant opportunities in the juvenile justice area. They are: (1) Juvenile Offender Substance Abuse and/or Mental Health Program Grants (Non-Direct Juvenile Accountability Grant program)– approximately $275,000 will be available to fund new grants to establish and/or maintain programs to conduct risk and needs […]

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Illinois Raises the Age

Illinois passed legislation last week that will return 17-year-olds who are charged with a misdemeanor to the juvenile court. Once this takes effect, Wisconsin will be one of only 11 states with an age of adult court jurisdiction lower than 17. By passing this legislation, Illinois became the second state in two years to return […]

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Girls Study Group Series: Juvenile Justice

The US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funds research on girls in the juvenile justice system. They are specifically looking at patterns of delinquency for girls, how they differ from boys, and risk and protective factors associated with girls’ delinquency. A series of short briefs have been released ; the two latest […]

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Governor’s Juvenile Justice Committee Endorses Returning 17-year-olds to the Juvenile System

The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission unanimously endorsed returning 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system. Following a presentation by WCCF, WCHSA and the Sheriff’s Association, the Committee took up the issue formally for the first time in December. In their statement regarding age of jurisdiction, the Commission endorsed the following conclusions and recommendations: The Commission supports […]

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