|Phases of FUSE: Planning and Implementing Successful Supportive Housing|(read more)3 days ago
Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
Did you know that individuals who are released from jail without housing are:
- Seven times more likely to violate parole;
- More likely to suffer from mental illness or substance abuse issues; and
- Face increased rates of unemployment, risk of re-arrest and risk of relapsing into substance abuse?
From those statistics alone, it is easy to see how the cycle of incarceration and homelessness and back again is hard to break for individuals and costly for counties. As the provider of many services used by those stuck in this cycle (jails, shelters and emergency rooms, to name a few), counties can see substantial savings and improved human outcomes by providing support...
|Juvenile Justice Reform: What, Why, and How?|(read more)3 weeks ago
Written by Kathy Rowings, Justice Associate.
Anyone who knows children knows one thing: Kids are different than adults. Adolescents often make impulsive, immature, and dangerous decisions. Recent research has begun to provide answers to why juveniles make such choices. For example, research has shown that the average human brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, especially in the areas of controlling impulses and judging consequences. Essentially, what the latest research says is that kids are less responsible for their behavior than adults, so it follows that kids should be treated differently.
In part because of this ongoing development, the teenage years are a time of great change and continuing growth. “What you do to a kid at this age has ...
|County Innovation Network Online Community|
Written by Bert Jarreau, NACo Chief Innovation Officer.
To kick off 2014, we are pleased to announce the County Innovation Network (COIN) at www.CountyInnovation.US. COIN is a private, managed online community for local government leadership and staff. The goal of COIN is to enable counties to share the wisdom of the crowd nationally, for learning, discussion and decision-making.
COIN brings the following opportunities to extend collaboration:
- Beyond the county elected officials to include staff members from counties, state associations, NACo affiliates, economic development authorities and municipalities.
- To all 3,069 counties.
- Beyond conferences, with knowledge-sharing all-year round.
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|NACo Corporate Partners Share Their Solutions for County Government|(read more)5 weeks ago
Written by Coleman Davis, NACo Innovation Coordinator.
NACo’s Premier Corporate Membership Program offers a very special opportunity for county leaders and private sector innovators to work together in improving the services provided by counties, and creating solutions to make the county budget stretch farther. The program is about building relationships based on an understanding of county issues, priorities, and the importance of timeliness.
NACo is excited to launch a completely revamped resource center on the NACo website focused on corporate innovations and solutions. The purpose of these pages is to provide quick access to a number of resources, white papers, and case studies about the many solutions and innovations for county government developed by NACo Corporate Premier Members. The Corporate White Papers and Case Studiesdata...
|NACo Partners with the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change to Promote Juvenile Justice Reform| (read more)2 months ago
NACo is proud to announce a new partnership with the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Models for Change promotes evidence-based practices at the state and local level to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate.
Juvenile justice reform is an important issue for counties across the country. The United States has the highest juvenile detention rate of the world’s developed nations, despite the fact that research shows that youth incarceration does not reduce recidivism but does decrease kids’ future success in education and employment – starting the often prevalent cycle in and out of jail even earlier. Counties can reduce costs associated with juvenile incarcerat...