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Webinar To Review Grant Opportunities for Gang Suppression

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 30, 2018 1:20:10 PM

On September 7, 2018, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in conjunction with the National Gang Center, will present "OJJDP Funding Opportunities for Gang Suppression." This webinar will highlight the two OJJDP gang suppression solicitations available to prevent and reduce gang-related crime and violence. The discussion will cover eligibility, goals, objectives, deliverables, and budgetary requirements. A representative from the National Gang Center will also highlight ways in which jurisdictions can introduce and/or strengthen comprehensive approaches to develop strategic gang-reduction plans and implement coordinated gang suppression strategies.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice Reconsidered... Part 2

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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In September 2017, we told the story of Agnes Gund, the banking heiress who sold a Roy Lichtenstein masterpiece for $165 million and donated the proceeds to the Art for Justice Fund she founded. The purpose was to “do something about” the mass incarceration of minor drug offenders that filled American jails with 2.3 million people and distinguished the U.S. as the jailor of more of its citizens than any other country on earth.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, criminal justice

A Community

Posted by George Ritacco on Sep 29, 2017 12:10:13 PM

The Martin Luther King housing projects in Harlem are less than a mile from the wealthiest zip code in America. The apartments along Fifth Avenue facing Central Park from 59th to 89th street sell for $3 million to $30 million. Agnes Gund, a banking heiress and president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, lives in one of those apartments. Agnes is a renowned collector of modern art who recently surprised the art world by selling the Roy Lichtenstein masterpiece that long hung over the mantle in her Manhattan apartment for $162 million, one of the 15 highest prices ever paid for artwork. She then further shocked the nonprofit world by donating $100 million from the sale to create the Art for Justice Fund, which on its website calls itself a movement to end mass incarceration. “I thought I should do something about something that to me is so wrong about our system,” Gund said. With that simple statement, Agnes Gund recognized the plight of the poor community that lived a universe away from her posh surroundings but only a half mile from her front door.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice


Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1974 and ushered in a new era of enlightenment in juvenile justice.  The original law provided for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders requiring that youth who are runaways, truants, or curfew violators cannot be detained in juvenile detention facilities or adult jails.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice, FAMCare

Updated Model Indian Juvenile Code

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 2, 2016 4:43:02 PM

This announcement comes for our friends at the OJJDP...

Bureau of Indian Affairs Publishes Updated Model Indian Juvenile Code

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has announced the publication of its 2016 Model Indian Juvenile Code. Since 2012, OJJDP worked with BIA’s Office of Justice Services Tribal Justice Support Directorate to update the 1988 Model Indian Juvenile Code.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Government

Criminal Justice Reform Has Only Just Begun

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 2, 2016 8:28:00 AM

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Special Reports

Child Welfare & Family Services Statistical Indicators - An Overview

Posted by George Ritacco on May 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Child Welfare

Every year we take a look at the national statistics compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services on the state of childcare across the country. These statistics are used to evaluate whether the risk factors affecting the welfare of America’s children are increasing or diminishing.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice

Inside a Prison

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 10, 2015 4:45:00 PM

Whorl Inside a Loop portrays one of the most creative and effective approaches developed by social workers. The characters in Whorl Inside a Loop, utilize creative arts therapy as an avenue to self-love, accountability, achievement, and freedom. This is “corrections” at its best.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice, Government

A Minor's Right to Confidentiality

Posted by George Ritacco on Sep 15, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Good Practice | Ethics | Law 


The ethical standards in many areas of social work are still being worked through the legal system. A particularly compelling example of evolving standards concerns social workers’ response to parents’ request to examine their children’s counseling records. At the beginning of the social worker-client relationship, social workers routinely discuss with minor clients and their parents the minors’ right to confidentiality and possible exceptions. Nonetheless, in many cases social workers encounter ethical challenges when parents ask to examine their child’s records because of their curiosity or because of their relevance to legal disputes. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Government

Focusing on Protecting Families

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 24, 2015 10:19:00 AM

What's in a Name? 

That Which We Call a Rose 

By Any Other Name 

Would Smell as Sweet 

-William Shakespeare 

I recently conducted a phone interview with the new director of a Child Protective Services program in a state out west. I was surprised at the turn our conversation took. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Government, Adoption

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