Author: Laura E. Furr

How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails

The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults. Close to home in cities, jails open up the “front door of mass incarceration” by placing five times as many people behind bars each year compared with prisons.

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3 Cities on How They Revolutionized Their Public Safety Efforts

Reacting to the evidence that the overuse of jails harms people, families, and communities, and is simultaneously bad for local budgets, public safety, and community-police relations, cities across the country are developing and implementing strategies to more effectively target arrests and jail use.  Three of these cities shared their strong examples of city opportunities to

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HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Helps End Youth Homelessness

Across the country, local, state and national initiatives are working to end youth homelessness, and many recognize the essential role of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies in these efforts.  City leaders and juvenile justice agencies should join conversations with their local Continuum of Care collaborative agencies now in advance of upcoming federal grant opportunities

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MacArthur Foundation Awards $25 Million to Support Justice Reform

The MacArthur Foundation today announced, as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, it has awarded nearly $25 million in support for ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded 11 jurisdictions grants between $1.7M and $3.5M over two years to reduce their jail

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Working for Juvenile Justice Reform? Here’s What City Leaders Need to Know.

This new research-to-practice memo outlines exactly how city leaders can reach better public safety and youth development outcomes. The new Research to Practice Memo: How City Leaders Can Draw Upon Adolescent Development Research Findings to Provide a Framework for Juvenile Justice Reform provides a ready resource for city leaders who want to apply the most

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Youth Delegates Take Center Stage in Music City

This post was co-written by Indira Jimenez. NLC’s annual Congress of Cities is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country. This year’s conference in Nashville also included a large number of youth delegates. Over 200 youth delegates, from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle, Washington, came together in Nashville to learn from

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New NLC Collaboration to Provide Mental Health Training to Police Officers Working in Schools

School resource officers and other police officers in schools can play a crucial role in affecting positive youth outcomes and improving public safety. Police officers who respond to the developmental and mental health needs of youth in an informed and age-appropriate way help ensure the safety of everyone in schools, from students to teachers and

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Court as a Last Resort: NLC Provides Cities with Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration

NLC has two new resources to support city leaders in helping to achieve better youth outcomes and improve public safety. These resources are provided through NLC’s ongoing partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. President Barack Obama recently called on city leaders to “make sure that our juvenile

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NLC to Hold Leadership Academy on Juvenile Justice Reform

Our RFP to participate in the upcoming Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy is out now. Minneapolis will host NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy this fall. Photo credit: AMB-MD Despite substantial decreases in juvenile crime rates during the past decade, state and local juvenile justice systems remain in need of fundamental

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