|(NACo Podcasts) Counties & National Drug Control Policy|(read more)2 weeks ago
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) plays a pivotal role in advising the President, coordinating the federal drug control budget, and prioritizing efforts across the federal government through the annual National Drug Control Strategy. Acting Director Michael Botticelli discusses the role of his office, the priorities of the federal drug strategy, and the impact counties have on federal efforts through their role in administering local criminal justice and health systems.
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|New Resources for Local Leaders Interested in Juvenile Justice Reform|
(read more)5 weeks ago
|NACo Past President Chris Rodgers: Counties Can Improve Juvenile Justice System Outcomes|(read more)2 months ago
Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate
As the primary local provider of health, justice and social services, counties have the responsibility and opportunity to improve their juvenile justice systems. Current detention strategies are increasingly being shown to be ineffective, but counties can implement comprehensive, collaborative, evidence-based programs and policies that bolster public safety and improve human outcomes. This is the message that NACo Immediate Past President Chris Rodgers, Commissioner from Douglas County, Neb., wants county leaders to hear.
Commissioner Rodgers authored an op-edencouraging county leaders to take a look at the juvenile justice systems in their community and noting that many current juvenile justice programs and practices are not only expensive but also ineffect...
|Improving Juvenile Justice by Engaging Families|(read more)2 months ago
Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
What does your county do to keep families engaged while their child is involved in the juvenile justice system? Families care about their children, but the justice system can be overwhelming and can create serious barriers to families staying connected. Many counties know that family engagement is an important piece of any good juvenile justice system, but struggle to keep parents involved as their child’s case progresses.
Family engagement programming can take many different forms, from basic education about how the juvenile justice system works to building family capacity with the help of community-based services. By thoughtfully communicating with and engaging families and taking into consideration...
|Juvenile Justice News and Updates|
(read more)3 months ago