- 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.
First Do No Harm: A Role for Pediatricians and Healthcare Providers in Youth Justice Reform
A common principle exists in the medical field that physicians should “first, do no harm.” A new journal article by the American Academy of Pediatrics draws to light the need for that principle to be applied in the youth justice … Continue Reading
Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor
While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, … Continue Reading
Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center
Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data … Continue Reading
Apply for the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute
As Kentucky continues implementing the juvenile justice reforms passed in 2014 and seeks to build upon that work with additional policy changes during the 2017 Kentucky legislative session, it is imperative that the perspectives and input of people of color … Continue Reading
Let’s Simplify the Maze of Youth Justice
This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on February 13, 2017. I am that rarest of species – a male who admits he is directionally challenged. In fact, my wife Judy believes we don’t even need a GPS. It’s … 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: