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Analysis & Observations of the Issues Impacting Juvenile Justice

Welcome to @Issue360 ! Whether you are a juvenile probation officer, children and youth administrator, social worker, a law enforcement officer, elected official, provider, legislator, student or interested party we trust that you will find this monthly post of interest. Written by treatment professionals, it will analyze and offer commentary on the issues impacting your field today.

We should not be shocked by the recent, often deeply courageous, statements and disclosures about sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexualized behavior on social media over the past few weeks that started with the Harvey Weinstein allegations. They confirm what we already knew, that there is a... more
It is almost Halloween, and as we begin to feel a chill in the air, we also feel the excitement of that annual ritual of trick or treating.  But while children look forward to a night of ghouls, ghosts, goblins and goodies, parents ponder the presence of real-life demons in the neighborhood:... more
After over three decades of distinguished service,  Dr. Frank Schmauk retired recently from the board of directors of Edison Court, the parent company of Mathom House, Ravenhill, Easton Manor, and PATHS. Although he no longer serves on the board, Frank continues to actively participate in many... more
“Pedophile” has many negative connotations. Unfortunately, it  implies that a person is destined to have sex with children unless specifically prevented from doing so.  Ironically, it was this belief in the inevitability of re-offense that was central to the establishment of our field’s first... more
“Pedophile” has many negative connotations. Unfortunately, it  implies that a person is destined to have sex with children unless specifically prevented from doing so.  Ironically, it was this belief in the inevitability of re-offense that was central to the establishment of our field’s first... more
Recently, I had lunch with a friend in New York.  As we were walking through the city,  I saw a huge crowd gathered on the sidewalk.  When I approached I saw the original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, signing autographs.  A few days later I wondered, “why are celebrities  so celebrated when my... more
Reports indicate that LGBTQ youth are vastly overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Although LGBTQ youth comprise 7 to 9 percent of youth generally nationwide, they represent 20 percent of all youth in juvenile justice facilities — including 40 percent of girls in detention facilities (... more
The US House of Representatives recently passed HR1761. The bill amends a Federal statute protecting child pornography victims by closing a loophole that requires the defendant to have specific intent to produce child pornography prior to abusing a child and imposes mandatory sentences (15 years at... more
Risk assessment for sexually abusive youth is not simply aimed at defining a risk level; instead, it is aimed more at developing a deep understanding of the youth upon which to build realistic, appropriate, and meaningful treatment interventions.  We are therefore not only concerned with estimating... more
 "There is no vulnerability without danger.”  Veronique Valliere, Psy.D.Our society blames women (and men) who are sexually assaulted, particularly when their choices leading up to the attack make them, in most minds, “more vulnerable.” Like when they drink too much, or when they go home with a man... more

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