Over the past decade, Leslie Acoca, who founded and directs the National Girls Health and Justice Institute, has visited dozens of juvenile detention centers across the country, researching the health care given to girls in the facilities. Her work has yielded a surprising finding: poor physical health seems to increase girls’ risk of recidivism.
Youth courts were established in Philadelphia in 1998. While there are currently only a handful of schools that have youth courts, City Councilman Curtis J. Jones, Jr. of the Fourth District seeks expansion of this diversionary program through allocation of funds by City Council and support from Philadelphia's bench and bar. Jones discussed the youth court program at the Family Law Section meeting on October 1st.
The Children's Defense Fund released the State of America's Children 2012 Handbook last month, an annual compilation of national data on child well-being, as well as its Portrait of Inequality which focuses on the state of the most vulnerable black andLatino children and youth in America. While the snapshots are sobering for both populations, the report on black children outlines a stunning set of statistics that paint the contours of CDF's theory: that black children are fed into a Cradle to Prison Pipeline at higher rates than any other group.
At the two-day National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) conference hosted by Drexel University, the tone was passionate and the focus firmly on addressing trauma and its impact on victims’ recovery and progress.
NNHVIP, which currently has about 20 participating members, is headquartered in Philadelphia as a partnership between Drexel University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. This year’s conference was held at Drexel’s Creese Student Center and was attended by such individuals as physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, social workers, lawyers, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, researchers, and funders.