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March 25, 2010

Northeast Juvenile Justice Summit to address reform efforts on ULM campus March 31

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will co-host the Northeast Juvenile Justice Summit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in the ULM Library.

The Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, along with the 4th Judicial District of Louisiana, joins ULM in offering this fourth in a series of six regional summits and in partnership with local, regional, and statewide juvenile justice stakeholders.

The summit is designed to present and exchange information about ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts taking place across the state and to highlight the significant system improvements spearheaded by district courts as part of their “Models for Change” initiatives.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports the “Models for Change” multi-year initiative supported to advance reform efforts in Louisiana in three primary areas: expanding the use of alternatives to formal processing and incarceration; increasing access to evidenced based services, and reducing minority contact with the juvenile justice system.

An emphasis is placed on the unique collaborative efforts taking place in the judicial district between higher education, the legal system, and service providers in order to improve outcomes for children.

Current projects underway include creating a model juvenile drug court, parenting program and a district attorney screening process for juvenile offenders. In addition, attendees to the summit will hear presentations regarding the work of other Models for Change court sites and updates from the State Office of Juvenile Justice.

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