New Publication! Judicially-Led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has published the Judicially-Led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned. The zero tolerance policies that were adopted by many local and state education agencies in the 1990s had the unintended effect of unnecessarily introducing low-risk youth to the juvenile justice system for disruptive behaviors that are very typical of adolescence. Despite overall decreases in juvenile delinquency referrals nationally, including arrests of juveniles for violent offenses, the proportion of referrals for non-violent acts and relatively minor misdeeds that derive from school-related incidents has remained high in many jurisdictions. The School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project represented an important first phase in national response to the high proportion of delinquency referrals from schools to juvenile courts experienced in many regions of the country.

This technical assistance (TA) bulletin focuses on early lessons learned from the initial on-site TA (and follow-up TA) provided to the original 16 School Pathways demonstration sites.

If you would like to request a free hard copy or copies of this publication, contact Elo Chaparro at echaparro@ncjfcj.org.

Webinar Opportunity! Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Your School-Justice Partnership Webinar



Please join the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's School Justice Collaboration Program, for the Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for your School-Justice Partnership Webinar.

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Central / 10:00 a.m. Mountain / 9:00 a.m. Pacific
Duration: 1 hour
Faculty: The Honorable Steven Teske, Chief Judge, Clayton County, Georgia
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a critical document in establishing coordinated efforts in a school-justice partnership. An MOU is a multilateral agreement among multiple parties intended to express a common vision and line of action. MOUs in school-justice partnerships represent a collective commitment among schools, courts, and other relevant agencies, to adhere to specific principles and share responsibilities for the collaborative’s engagements. When developing a comprehensive MOU, stakeholders must specifically define the roles and responsibilities of each involved party, as well as clearly identify the areas of shared responsibility. All MOUs should be developed with the understanding that it is a living document and will be subjected to regular revisions as changes in goals and dynamics will require adaptability to sustain an effective collaborative.
Join the NCJFCJ and Judge Steven Teske, as we walk through the steps to develop an MOU. This is a unique opportunity that will provide the tools and resources necessary to create an MOU for local jurisdictions. Participants are encouraged to view the webinar with their school-justice partnership team members in an effort to build an MOU in real-time. This workshop is a web- and telephone-based training and you will need to have access to BOTH a computer and telephone. Closed captioning will be available.

Latest News & Events

Nov. 1, 2016 - The Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Education releases new resources on the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)  
The Office for Civil Rights (OSR) has released resources corresponding to the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection. The CRDC "is a powerful tool that not only enhances OCR's enforcement work but also informs student, parent, and educator decisions, and helps researchers, advocates, and the public to identify and shine a light on systemic concerns." Visit the CRDC Reporting Website at http://ocrdata.ed.gov to view the data for the 2013-14 school year. This CRDC Report Website "contains summaries of selected facts, detailed data tables, data analysis tools, and special reports for the 16,758 school districts and 95,507 schools that completed the 2013-14 CRDC." The OSR has created a contact information database and can be accessed at www.ed.gov/civ-rts-coordinators for civil rights coordinators (Title IX coordinators, 504/Title II disability coordinators, and Title VI coordinators) of school districts in the U.S. Lastly, the OSR has "issued an updated First Look document summarizing some of the national trends on key equity indicators as well as updated Chronic Absenteeism data story." For additional questions or information about the 2013-14 CRDC, click here to visit the OCR's website. 
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Sept. 6, 2016 - Morrilton, Arkansas, School Resource Officer Is "Keeping Students Safe" through Ride Along Karaoke
School Resource Officer Phil Blaylock from Morrilton, Arkansas has taken the nationwide "carpool karaoke" and made it his own. He calls it "Cop Car Karaoke." Officer Blaylock is known for "keeping students safe" in the community and builds trust by inviting students to ride in his cop car and join him to sing in a good tune. Click here to watch the coverage by KARK News Channel 4 and his ride along videos. 

Monthly Newsletter

The School-Justice Partnership Project newsletter contains up-to-date information relating to school discipline issues, law enforcement in schools, trauma, youth mental and behavioral health issues, and the intersection of schools and the juvenile justice system. Each issue will feature resources that are relevant to the myriad issues facing communities, and tips for enhancing collaboration within jurisdictions. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

2016 Issues
November - Homeless and Youth in Foster Care
September - Family Engagement
August - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students
July - Tribes and Native American Youth
June - Trauma-Informed Classrooms
May - Restorative Justice
April - Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
March - Disproportionate Minority Contact
February - The Achievement Gap
January - School Engagement and Connectedness

2015 Issues

December - Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy
November - What are School-Based Arrests and Referrals?

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