- End the practice of locking up children in detention centers for misbehaviors that do not pose a risk to public safety.
- Promote the use of community-based alternatives to detention, like intensive therapeutic after-school programs or day treatment centers that address the underlying reasons for youth misbehavior.
- Encourage practices that deliver balanced, reasonable, and age-appropriate responses to youth whose cases make it to court.
- Divert children age 10 and under from court and into intensive services to prevent future misbehavior.
- Ensure all children receive fair and equitable treatment regardless of their race, ethnicity, or gender.
- SB 200 Implementation – Supporting effective implementation of Kentucky’s recent juvenile justice reform bill (SB 200), which passed in 2014, alongside other youth justice partners. Continue to track data and pursue additional reforms under discussion by the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council.
- Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY) – Statewide group focusing on reducing the over-representation of youth of color within Kentucky’s juvenile justice system.
Investing in What Works – For Kids, For Families and For Communities
Kentucky has seen substantial progress in the past couple of years on the number of youth locked up in Kentucky. As Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley shared in a recent interview, we’ve safely reduced the youth prison population by half … Continue Reading
Consistency, Communication, and Collaboration: Making School Resource Officers Work Best for Student Safety and Success
School Resource Officers (SRO), or law enforcement officers working in the school, were created to improve the safety of schools in response to school shootings. After years of being in place, we’ve learned what works for student safety and success, … Continue Reading
Vote for Kids!
Your vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, … Continue Reading
Kids Should Be Treated Like Kids: A Presentation to the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council
Children are not little adults. We don’t expect a little league baseball player to pitch like a high school player. Young children start at the very basic level with a tee and an adult guiding them on how to hit … Continue Reading
Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Reforms: Shifting from Implementation to Integration and Collaboration
Kentucky’s juvenile justice reforms have reached their first year of full implementation and we are seeing positive results in making sure the state’s response matches what youth need to keep them from committing future offenses. Now with implementation well underway, … Continue Reading
ResourcesFind a behavioral health provider for a child in need in your county:
Children’s Alliance Directory of Services (not a comprehensive list for each county)Find state and county level data on youth justice:
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data CenterLearn more about SB 200: