Grant to Address Youth Recidivism in Massachusetts

BOSTON — An $11.7 million federal grant from the U.S.Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund will help Massachusetts increase employment opportunities and reduce recidivism in young men coming out of the state’s juvenile justice system.

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Division of Juvenile Justice Consolidated in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety recently announced an end to its dedicated juvenile justice system. The elimination will result in terminating senior juvenile justice professional leaders, reassigning section leaders to become Division of Adult Corrections managers and renaming the entire entity as the Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Services.

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SB 9 Signed: Fair Sentencing for Youth Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On the last day of September, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed into law the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, known as Senate Bill 9. The act requires those sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when they were minors to serve at least 25 years in prison before they become eligible for parole.

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RicciGreene Planner Takes Holistic Approach to Corrections

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Name: Laura Maiello-Reidy
Education: Bachelor’s in social work from Kean University and a master’s in criminal justice from Rutgers University
Field: Correctional Planner
Agency: RicciGreene Associates
Title: Principal
Time Served: Since the firm was founded in 1988
Reading: “The Hunger Games”
Desktop Images: Her new puppy

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Texas Forms New Juvenile Department

HOUSTON, Texas — The Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission are being replaced by a new agency intended to bring positive changes to the department.

The new agency is still in its initial phases and looking for a new executive director who will be appointed next month. The two agencies will be molded into one overall department that will account for all juvenile offenders in the state of Texas.

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