Kentucky needs a system of justice that holds youth accountable for their actions while using effective, evidence-based interventions to help put those children on a path to becoming productive citizens of our Commonwealth. Children engaged with the juvenile justice system are 4 to 10 times more likely to enter the adult justice system. Using proven community-based programs that help keep children with their families and in their communities will not only improve public safety, but also save taxpayer dollars.
- 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.
Building Kentucky’s State Budget
Every two years, the Governor and legislature craft a biennial budget to guide the operation of state government. Kentuckians rely on the budget beyond what we may automatically think of, like roads, public parks, and public-school education. Kentucky families rely … Continue Reading
Kentucky Kids Need a State Budget Built for Them
Fall mornings with Kentucky’s hills and valleys blanketed in fog create a picture-perfect landscape. While I appreciated the view on a recent morning drive, I breathed a sigh of relief when the fog lifted. The budget news for state government … Continue Reading
Prioritizing Youth Outcomes and Public Safety Benefits the Bottom Line
By Clarissa Mobley, a Master’s student at the Kent School of Social Work and a KYA intern Success! That is what Kentucky families and children are achieving with juvenile justice reforms. Simultaneously, the state is seeing a reduction in the … Continue Reading
Kids Win When Congress Prioritizes Them
This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 4, 2017. By Dr. Terry Brooks City BBQ features the best brisket I have ever eaten! It also features an array of “front porch gems of wisdoms” that make … Continue Reading
Celebrate “Cool” Wins for Kids this Summer
Summer is here! As Kentuckians, we can certainly count on experiencing hot and humid weather and can hopefully count on enjoying cool treats and days playing in the sprinkler. Another certainty we can count on during the Kentucky summer is … Continue Reading
Find 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)
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center