NCCD Blog
NCCD Blog
April 16, 2014 |  by Jennifer Cotter, Senior Program Associate, NCCD

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to bring awareness to our racially lopsided child welfare system. Research has shown that children of color are more often reported, investigated and found to be victims of abuse or neglect compared to white children. One...

April 14, 2014 |  by Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director, Texas Appleseed

At a meeting last December between juvenile justice researchers and advocates, one of the coordinators posed an unsettling question that is beginning to percolate in Texas and nationally: What is the biggest threat to the most recent wave of juvenile justice reforms, which has included...

April 9, 2014 |  by Chris Scharenbroch, Senior Research Associate, NCCD

I don’t like to ride in airplanes. Part of it is soaring in a tube at 36,000 feet; part of it is being sardined into kindergarten-sized seats. The one other thing that makes me uncomfortable is explaining what I do for a living to the stranger stealing my armrest.

Soon after eye contact...

April 8, 2014 |  by Shane Bauer, 2013 Media for a Just Society Award Winner

Shane Bauer won a 2013 Media for a Just Society Award from NCCD for his Mother Jones article...

April 7, 2014 |  by Sue Burrell, Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center

At a time when Congress is immobilized by partisanship and posturing, it is easy to be cynical about anything good ever happening in government. But I have a positive legislative tale to share—one about the role of the California State Legislature in changing a broken juvenile justice system and...

April 1, 2014 |  by James Bell, Executive Director, the W. Haywoord Burns Institute

Wow! So it has come to this. The President of the United States has established an initiative that specifically addresses the over-representation of young people of color in school discipline, youth incarceration, and other structural impediments to opportunity. Maybe this level of exposure and...

March 31, 2014 |  by Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator, NCCD

Over the past 10 years, the number of youth confined to secure facilities has dropped dramatically. The latest data from the US Department of Justice showed that the rate of youth in confinement dropped 41% between 2001 and 2011. Since 2001, 48 states have experienced such a decline. This is...

March 26, 2014 |  by Bernadette Brown, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are...

March 24, 2014 |  by Matt Cervantes, Program Officer, Sierra Health Foundation

The juvenile justice field has experienced a dramatic shift that recognizes research and science on childhood development. New research on adolescent brain development and the emerging science on...

March 21, 2014 |  by Jose Mireles, Program Director, Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood

Many who have been in the field of social service for years understand that partnerships and collaborations are instrumental in leveraging resources to maximize the supports needed in their community. This has been particularly the case in South San Diego, California. Since 1971,...