Author: Laura E. Furr

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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Opening the Door for Data Sharing in the Juvenile Justice System

As part of NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform initiative, we are working with cities across the country to improve information and data sharing between city governments and agencies within the juvenile justice system. This map of crime incidences in San Francisco was created using data shared by various city and county agencies. (https://data.sfgov.org/)

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City Leaders are Taking Up the Charge of Juvenile Justice Reform

This is the first in a series of blog posts providing ongoing updates as more cities – especially those in NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform technical assistance initiative – create new examples of successful reform. (Getty Images) As cities strive to create fair and effective responses to young people in the juvenile justice

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Why the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act Matters to Cities

The National League of Cities’ new guide for city-led juvenile justice reform outlines steps that cities can take ahead of three key proposed changes in the recently introduced federal juvenile justice bill. (Zora Murff) Last week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of

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The Kids are Alright: The Need for City-Led Juvenile Justice Reform

A new resource is available for city leaders committed to increasing public safety and improving youth outcomes through juvenile justice reform. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) also recently announced the selection of six cities to receive technical assistance for juvenile justice reform projects. NLC’s new Municipal Action Guide (MAG), Increasing Public

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