State Success Guide: MST in New Mexico

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New Mexico

How MST Came to New Mexico

In 2003, New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) decided to shift their financial resources away from residential treatment and incarceration. Instead, they wanted to invest in programs that would keep youth at home and produce more sustainable outcomes. Stakeholders were impressed with MST’s evidence base and results, and decided to implement the program statewide. 

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Topics: juvenile justice system, MST, Multisystemic Therapy, State Success, New Mexico

A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Sophie Karpf

He was a high schooler who made a mistake, and Adam Foss gave him a second chance

Christopher was an 18-year-old, high-school senior who dreamed of going to college. Trouble is, despite working part time, he didn’t have enough money for tuition. What’s a kid to do? Christopher ended up stealing 30 laptops from a local store and selling them on the internet. He was arrested and charged with 30 felonies, one for each device.

When this case landed on Adam Foss’ desk in 2009, he knew he had a decision to make. As a criminal prosecutor, the decision to arraign Christopher, and what to arraign him for, was his and his alone.

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Topics: juvenile justice system

Do Girls in the Juvenile Justice System Commit More Drug Crimes?

Posted by Sue Dee

Proportion of females arrested for drug crimes higher than males

There has been some good news and statistics in the juvenile-justice world recently. One is that juvenile-drug arrests fell to about 112,100 in 2014, down from 200,000 14 years earlier.

However, examining this stat more closely finds something disturbing. Call them girls, young women, females, whatever you prefer, they are now accounting for a larger percentage of juvenile drug arrests than their male counterparts. Also worrisome is, writes Jeffrey A. Butts of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a recent brief, “the growing proportion of females among juvenile drug arrests was seen among arrests for drug manufacturing and sales as well as arrests for simple drug possession.”


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Topics: juvenile justice system

Good Judges Make Good Juvenile Justice

Posted by Sophie Karpf

How one judge is making a difference in the lives of the youth and community he serves

In 1899, the first-ever juvenile court was established in Cook County, Illinois. Within 25 years, almost all states had a juvenile-court system setup. Their primary goal was to rehabilitate, not punish, young people who committed delinquent acts. Thus, from its very inception, the juvenile-justice system was intended for prevention and rehabilitation.

There are a few key differences between the juvenile-court and the adult criminal-court system. Of major significance, juveniles are not entitled to a trial by jury. judge_ri.jpgMagistrate Charles Levesque, center

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Topics: juvenile justice system

Inequality in the Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Disparities in the juvenile justice system start younger than you'd think, and have a staggering impact

We’d all like to believe that the scales of justice are balanced. But in the case of juvenile justice, the scales are weighted against minority kids. 

The facts and figures in this infographic show just how unequal the system is, and some of them might shock you.


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Topics: juvenile justice, juvenile justice system, MST Infographic

The Gender Gap in The Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

How to Make The Juvenile Justice System Fairer for Girls

Girls are different from boys. A pretty obvious statement that isn’t so obvious in much of the juvenile-justice system. blog-graphic-5.jpegAs pointed out in an exhaustive report by Francine T. Sherman Annie Balck (in partnership with the National Crittenton Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center), there is an inequality of treatment often from the get-go. Judges find abused young women from traumatic backgrounds in front of them and will put them into the system to “protect” the girls.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,, juvenile justice system

Rethinking Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Raising the age

When does a kid become an adult? When do you move a violator from juvenile to adult court? In North Carolina,16-year-olds are considered adults. In other states, including Connecticut, the age is 18.

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Topics: juvenile justice, CT juvenile justice reform, juvenile justice system

NCJJ: Juvenile Violent Crime at 30-Year Low

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

A comprehensive report on juvenile crime, victimization, and the juvenile justice system

To say the National Center for Juvenile Justice’s (NCJJ) 2014 Juvenile Offenders and Victims report is comprehensive is not doing it justice.

The center used a vast array of sources from Census Bureau to FBI to state agencies with the objective of giving the public, media, elected officials and juvenile-justice professionals accurate statistics on the types of crime juveniles are committing, who’s committing the crimes and trends in criminal behaviors.NJJblogpic

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Topics: National Center for Juvenile Justice, juvenile justice system

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