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May 17, 2011

"Setting an Agenda for Family-Focused Justice Reform"

The title of this post is the title of this new report from the Family Justice Program of the Vera Institute of Justice.  Here are excerpts from the report's executive summary:

Research shows that incarcerated youth and adults who have contact with supportive family members have better outcomes after their release.  This finding has obvious implications for the corrections, community corrections, and juvenile justice fields.  But it also has significant, if sometimes less apparent, consequences for other systems, such as schools, child welfare agencies, health care, and law enforcement.

The Vera Institute of Justice brought together national experts from a range of fields to talk about the next steps for family-focused justice reform.  The conversation sharpened the definition of a family-focused approach as one that includes four key components: it is multidisciplinary, it adopts a broad definition of family, it is strength-based, and it is applicable along the continuum of a person’s involvement with the justice system. Participants in the roundtable also described many actions that organizations can to take to leverage the positive influence of families and communities to support people involved in the justice system.

Drawing on that conversation, this report sets forth an agenda for family-focused justice reform ... [and] recommendations are offered to inspire people who work not only in juvenile or criminal justice, but in systems that feel the repercussions of related policy and practice on the local, state, or federal level.  It is the authors’ belief that if agencies tap families as a resource, their work will be more effective, to the benefit of the communities they serve.

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This ironic. The Left destroys the family. Once the fatherless bastard ends in prison because he is devoid of morals, then they want to promote family formation.

"it is multidisciplinary" Code for really hitting the taxpayer hard with expensive treatment.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 18, 2011 5:53:55 AM

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