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Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration

Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration

According to recently released data collected by the Department of Justice in October 2015, Wisconsin is one of six states where African American youth are at least 10 times as likely to be held in placement as are white youth.  Nationally, Black youth were more than five times as likely to be detained or committed compared to white youth.  A…

WJJN   ·   September 22, 2017

DCF/BYS is Hiring:  Prevention and Diversion Policy Coordinator

DCF/BYS is Hiring: Prevention and Diversion Policy Coordinator

Looking to make a difference for the youth of Wisconsin? Apply to join the Bureau of Youth Services as our Prevention and Diversion Policy coordinator. This exciting position will work with community partners to enhance our prevention efforts statewide, and will work with our Youth Justice team to develop and implement policies to divert youth from formal system involvement.  …

WJJN   ·   September 11, 2017

Lots of Useful Information Included in Office of Youth Services’ Latest Newsletter

Lots of Useful Information Included in Office of Youth Services’ Latest Newsletter

Below please find the link to the Office of Youth Services latest newsletter. In it you will find important independent living, education, youth justice, prevention and diversion, housing, and NYTD updates. Make sure you click on the embedded links – there is a lot of good information in this issue. http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/cwportal/ys/newsletter/ys-newsletter.pdf  

WJJN   ·   September 8, 2017

Youth Panel Highly Impressive at First Presentation

Youth Panel Highly Impressive at First Presentation

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership group, currently comprised of approximately 10-15 amazing kids who have had involvement in the youth justice system, presented their stories and experiences to a group of conference attendees back in May.  They shared their perspective on strengths of the system as well as practices that would be helpful to review and possibly change.  The audience was nothing…

WJJN   ·   September 8, 2017

Dane County Detention Center Showcases Youth Talent

Dane County Detention Center Showcases Youth Talent

The Dane County Detention Center, working with the Madison Public Library, added another mural to the facility – this time on a wall in the gymnasium.  The project was completed during a 1-week residency over Spring Break,  and local artist Chris Maddox worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to transform a giant wall in the gymnasium.  Check out…

WJJN   ·   May 9, 2017

New system changing the way the La Crosse County addresses juvenile crime.

New system changing the way the La Crosse County addresses juvenile crime.

La Crosse County has been leaders around the State in their collaborative work with the School District and other community partners.  Their tremendous efforts are highlighted in this article published in the La Crosse Tribune. For more information on this and other progressive Juvenile Justice programming in La Crosse County, contact Bisek.Mandy@co.la-crosse.wi.us. System of Care works to keep kids out of criminal…

WJJN   ·   April 25, 2017

Jefferson County Moving Forward with Dual Status Youth Project

Jefferson County Moving Forward with Dual Status Youth Project

Currently, 76% of the youth being served in the Jefferson County Juvenile Justice system have been identified as “Dual Status Youth,” meaning that they currently have, or have had in the past, some type of child welfare involvement in their lives.   In August 2016, Jefferson County was chosen as one of six sites in the nation to receive a technical…

WJJN   ·   April 13, 2017

Help Celebrate a Foster Youth’s Graduation

Help Celebrate a Foster Youth’s Graduation

Do you know/have you worked with a Foster Youth that is graduation this spring?  If so, help recognize and support them by getting them invited to the 5th Annual Foster Youth Graduation Celebration on Tuesday, June 27th. The event will be held at the Governor’s Executive Residence in Madison, Wisconsin. If you know a foster youth or aged out foster…

WJJN   ·   April 6, 2017

Kids at Hope – Manitowoc County Changing the Culture to Support Youth

Kids at Hope – Manitowoc County Changing the Culture to Support Youth

Manitowoc County has been working with Rick Miller from Kids at Hope on an innovative concept which states and demonstrates that all children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS!  The Kid’s at Hope vision is that every child is afforded the belief, guidance and encouragement that creates a sense of hope and optimism, supported by a course of action needed…

WJJN   ·   April 4, 2017

Spring Training is NOT Over – WJCIA Spring Training is coming!!

Spring Training is NOT Over – WJCIA Spring Training is coming!!

Check out the Spring Training sponsored by WJCIA and the Division of Juvenile Corrections – get the latest on some legal things (Frank Crisafi) and information about Human Trafficking (Courtney Ripp, Dept. of Justice).   Sign up at www.wjcia.org  for May 11 in the Dells or May 18 in Rothschild.

WJJN   ·   April 3, 2017