|NACo Past President Chris Rodgers: Counties Can Improve Juvenile Justice System Outcomes|(read more)3 weeks 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)5 weeks 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...
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|NACo Hosts Forum on Juvenile Justice Reform in Cook County, Ill.|(read more)2 months ago
Wirtten by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
Bob Schwartz of the Juvenile Law Center and Kim Booth of the Allegheny County (Pa.) Juvenile Court discuss the importance of providing quality supports and services to kids as they transition back into their communities.
On May 7-9, NACo hosted Juvenile Justice Reform: Implementing Change and Improving Outcomes. County leaders, staff and experts from around the country came together to discuss juvenile justice reforms that are working and to learn about the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative.
Juvenile justice reform is an important issue for counties across the country. Research shows that youth incarceration increases recidivism and decreases the chance that a child will finish...
|Show Off Your Work at NACo’s Annual Conference!|(read more)2 months ago
NACo member counties are invited to participate in a Poster Session at the 2014 NACo County Solutions and Idea Marketplace in Orleans Parish, La. to be held July 11-14.
Designed to showcase initiatives and programs that provide evidence-based, cost-saving solutions for counties, the Poster Session will feature the success stories, tools, lessons learned and how-to’s of innovative county services and will share these lessons with counties throughout the country. By providing a platform for innovative activities in a diverse range of counties, parishes and boroughs, the Poster Session will allow your programs and initiatives to be highlighted before a national audience.
Space is limited! Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your county’s innovative programs by submitting your application no later than Friday, Ma...