Author: Laura E. Furr

Five Ways Cities Can Lead on Juvenile Justice Reform

A new National League of Cities (NLC) report details how leadership in six cities furthered local juvenile justice reforms. The Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsored the report documenting the role of cities and mayors as new, powerful contributors to the national momentum toward developmentally appropriate reductions in the number of youth entering the juvenile justice

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We Can Help Your City Put Fewer People in Jail

Should your city apply for a new technical assistance program to reduce the number of people going to jail? Here are ten questions to guide your decision. The past two decades’ rapid rise in jail populations has come at great short- and long-term expense to city governments. The increased use of jails has also failed

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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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