- 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.
Kids Should Be Treated Like Kids: A Presentation to the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council
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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
All Youth Deserve Opportunities to Thrive
Last week marked a seminal moment for Kentucky at the System of Care conference. Kentucky leaders tackled head on a challenge that has been facing Kentucky for years – disparities by race in outcomes for children. We’ve known for some … Continue Reading
We Play to Win for Kids
I JUST LOVE THAT VIDEO. It is usually among those selected when pundits choose the “greatest sports quotes of all time.” And, of course, Herm Edwards – a coach with a losing record – is now one of the experts … Continue Reading
Using Data to Drive Change
We know that what gets measured gets changed. In this past weekend’s Forum in the Courier-Journal, readers were able to hear various community members’ perspectives about issues impacting children and how data can be a driver for change. We thank the Greater Louisville … 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: