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Spotlight on Youth is a radio show focusing on social and legal trends impacting the rights and well-being of youth across the country. Spotlight on Youth is hosted by the Children's Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to children's rights issues. Located in Kentucky, Children Law Center represents children in a variety of matters, participates in research and innovative community-based initiatives, and engages in larger reform work that affects practice and policy on regional and national levels

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After spending time in a correctional facility, youth are often released without family, system, or community support. For a myriad of reasons, these youth face high rates of unemployment and education failure, have limited viable housing options, and are unable to access the assistance they require. Many now realize that in order to achieve long-term success, that reentry planning must occur way before a youth returns to his or her community. In order to address this disconnect and increase chances of success, the Juvenile Court in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Youth Services, Division of Parole, and community-based services, created a reentry court. Using evidence-based practices and with a goal to reduce recidivism and re-incarceration of youth, the project begins to work with youth several months before release and the support continues post-release. Guests on this episode will discuss the development and implementation of the collaborative effort, provide an overview of the mechanics of the reentry court itself, and share lessons learned. Guests: Karl M. Cetina, MPA, LICDC-CS, Director of Juvenile TASC for Cuyahoga County Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland Ian Fraser, Cleveland Regional Parole Administrator, Ohio Department of Youth Services Magistrate Terease Neff, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division
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Youth violence is a public health issue impacting individual youth as well as entire communities. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in our country. In response, some communities are working to reduce the incidents of... more

Quick Take Ohio: Celebrating 25 Years of Legal Services Dedicated to Helping Children Kim Brooks Tandy, Executive Director of the Children's Law Center, Inc. (CLC) and Michael Whiteman, CLC Board President, highlight the evolution of... more

Youth face many challenges when they return to their communities after experiencing an out-of-home placement due to juvenile justice system contact. While Ohio's juvenile justice system has changed dramatically during the past... more

Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justic System A few years ago, Spotlight on Youth highlighted Ohio's Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. BHJJ was developed to meet the... more

On May 21, 2014, the State of Ohio reached a settlement that resolves similar allegations under two separate lawsuits; one stemming from ongoing issues that remained under a prior settlement reached in S.H. v. Stickrath (2008) and the... more

Real Voices, Real Stories, and Real Education: Boosting Youth Leadership and Engagement Scenarios USA is a national nonprofit that has been at the forefront of assisting youth in telling their own narratives in addressing harmful social... more

Research shows that children of incarcerated parents not only suffer the relational loss of a parent, but experience economic and social challenges that result from incarceration. During the past two decades, the number of children with an... more

Promoting Education and the Welfare of Kids Through Judicial Leadership and Collaboration Across the country we are seeking ways to create better outcomes for at-risk youth. There are juvenile court judges who have have used their... more

Restorative justice offers an alternative to traditional criminal justice responses. Instead of focusing on punishment, it seeks to repair the harm that has occurred while still ensuring accountability. It allows for people who have been harmed,... more

An update to the May 2012 report, Falling Through the Cracks, will be released soon. Erin Davies, Public Policy Attorney for the Children's Law Center, will discuss the report's contents, including trends regarding youth prosecuted in the... more