Monday, February 27, 2006

This Week's News: 27 Feb 2006

Juvenile Justice

Experts focus on teen criminal minds
The Times (Trenton, NJ) - Feb 18, 2006 By CHRIS STURGIS
TRENTON -- Four boys, all age 14, were having a sleepover. About 2 a.m., they decided to sneak from the house and visit a girl one of them liked. To wake her from her sleep, they tossed pebbles at her bedroom window.

MacArthur Foundation Selects Regents To Administer Juvenile ..., LA - 6 hours ago
... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as the lead agency for the administration of a five-year, $7.5 million juvenile justice reform initiative grant. ...

Juvenile Justice, FL - Feb 22, 2006
... The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's own figures show boot camps produced higher recidivism rates than more conventional detention programs. ...

Judges recommend that state sever Juvenile Justice Services from ...
Kingsport Times News, TN - 22 hours ago
... with Department of Children's Services Commissioner Viola P. Miller, they are now recommending that Juvenile Justice Services be separated from DCS. ...

Juvenile justice issue in prosecutor's campaign
Aurora Beacon News, IL - Feb 20, 2006
... counties, Kendall County state's attorney candidate Boyd Ingemunson expounded on his "challenge-the-status-quo" campaign theme by focusing on juvenile justice. ...

Officials want separate budget for Juvenile Justice Division
Nashville City Paper, TN - Feb 19, 2006
In their attempt to strengthen Tennessee’s juvenile justice system, legislators and juvenile judges are discussing the possibility to create a separate ...

Assessment looks at when to jail juveniles
Nashville City Paper, TN - February 21, 2006
Tennessee is currently grappling with the question of when juvenile judges should lock up a delinquent youth and when should that kid be released back into the community.


High School Graduation Rates Unacceptably Low, State Says
The New York Times – Feb 14, 2006 (subscription required)
More than a third of high school students in the state scheduled to graduate last June failed to do so, State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills said yesterday, calling the figure "unacceptable."

Dropping out could get harder
Palladium-Item, IN - Feb 21, 2006
... “I don’t see it (drop outs) as a major issue at this school,” first-year Centerville High School principal Tamara Chavis said. ...

Stopping dropouts: Will it work, some ask
The Courier-Journal, IN - 4 hours ago
... school as long as possible, but the current high school configuration is ... "I tried alternative school and it ... I know people say drop-outs will never make it, but ...

Keeping Kids in School
The Gotham Gazette – Feb 13, 2006
Najsha Chacon felt discouraged by her class work at crowded Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She began missing more and more of her classes, until there seemed to be little chance she could graduate. So she dropped out.

Foster Care

The system's 'alumni' urge the state to do more to help others ...
Houston Chronicle, United States - 20 hours ago
... Child Protective Services' newest foster care transition program, serving as many as 150 young adult alumni of foster care. "I guess a lot of youth in the ...

The value of family ties
San Francisco Chronicle, USA - Feb 21, 2006
... Once this is established, foster youth can successfully exit the system and go on leading a normal life with their new families. ...

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