Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
Did you know
that 70 percent of kids in the juvenile justice system suffer from mental
health disorders? Or that most youth who are arrested will not reoffend, and
that incarcerating low-risk youth can actually increase their chances of
committing another crime?
interested in learning more about what’s really going on in the juvenile
justice system, and how your county can make its system more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate?
NACo’s forum on Juvenile Justice Reform: Implementing
Change and Improving Outcomes
May 7-9 in Cook County, Ill., to learn
much more (often surprising!) information about the juvenile justice system and
how your county can enhance its own programs and policies.
county leaders from across the country will present on a wide range of topics,
including research that explains why youth benefit from different treatment
than adults, coordinating local and state systems for improved outcomes,
meeting the needs of youth with behavioral disorders, reducing racial and
ethnic disparities in the justice system, and much more. Attendees will also participate in a
roundtable discussion, designed to encourage conversation among peers and identify ways in which they can apply
information learned at the forum in their own communities.
today! For the first
40 registrants, NACo will cover the expense of up to two nights of lodging at
the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for as many as two representatives from each
NACo member county. The deadline to
register is April 11.
If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Kathy
Rowings, Justice Associate, at 202.942.4279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.