Judges have become important behavioral health champions, and transformative leaders in matters of therapeutic justice. Yet, there is more to do to develop community partnership and alliances to advance Zero Suicide Initiatives on local and state levels.
The first two days of the disciplinary trial of New York Police Department officer Richard Haste revealed a departmental conflict between the pursuit of illegal firearms and rules that require an individual police officer to confront an armed suspect only in the event of an emergency.
Grace Warren of Chicago was an advocate on behalf of incarcerated children, including her son, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole at age 17. She was on the steering committee of the National Family Network, a support and advocacy group for family of people sentenced as children to life without parole and other extreme sentences.
From banning conversion therapy for gay and trans youth to eliminating solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, President Obama issued a slew of executive orders designed to protect at-risk youth over the past eight years.
For more than a decade, juvenile justice reformers have used developments in adolescent brain science and psychology to make their case for a system that emphasizes rehabilitation and second chances for young offenders.
Barry Krisberg has been advocating for progressive reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems since the late 1960s. He has seen the pendulum swing back and forth.
What does he say now?
“I think we’re moving into a nightmarish period in terms of the federal role in criminal justice.”