Library Search Results for Rapides Parish - LA

Trends in State Courts 2014

Author:National Center for State Courts

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:The 2014 edition of Trends in State Courts is a+

collection of articles focusing on what courts can do and are doing for youth, as well as on various juvenile justice reforms that have been implemented across the country. One featured article, found on page 17 and titled "Keeping Kids Out of Court: Rapides Parish's Response to Status Offenses," discusses the status offense reform effort that Rapides Parish in Louisiana has undertaken, while "Dependency and Delinquency in SYNC," found on page 7, highlights an initiative in Newton County, Georgia for dual status youth. Other areas of focus include the overlap between mental health and juvenile justice (page 21), as well as the prevalence of disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system (page 27).
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Rapides Parish 2009 Ungovernable Referrals to Informal FINS

Author:University of New Orleans

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Abstract:As part of Rapides Parish's status offense system reform planning+

effort, which was supported by the Models for Change initiative, researchers from the University of New Orleans collected and analyzed data on the almost 60% of youth referred to Rapides' Informal FINS program in 2009 for ungovernable behavior. This analysis provides a description of those youth, which was used by local stakeholders to inform their reform.
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Rapides Parish Policy and Procedure Manual: Family in Need of Services (FINS) Program

Author:Institute for Public Health and Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2012

Abstract:Rapides Parish, Louisiana has implemented reforms to its status offense+

(otherwise known as FINS) system with the goal to divert status offending youth from the juvenile justice system by engaging families and providing them with information and support. This is the policy and procedure manual of Rapides Parish’s informal FINS agency. It provides a detailed description of the policies and procedures of the Rapides Parish informal FINS system, including key definitions, process rules and guidelines, and information on the fundamental goals and principles of the informal FINS system. As well as offering direction and support to staff and parish stakeholders, it is an accompanying resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform: Module Three, Planning and Implementing System Change since it serves as a guide for other jurisdictions looking to enhance or reform their own status offense system.
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Rapides Parish FINS Cases Data Analysis for the Rapides Parish Court and FINS Program

Author:Stephen Phillippi

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2011

Abstract:This report out of Rapides Parish, Louisiana is an accompanying+

resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Module Two: Using Local Information to Guide System Change. Throughout Rapides' reform process, researchers from Louisiana State University assisted stakeholders in analyzing data from the MAYSI-2 tool to determine the service needs of youth entering Rapides' status offense, or FINS, system. This report is the third in a series and combines visual representations of data with a narrative. It also compares 2011 data findings to previous years allowing for trend analysis. It's a good example of how to clearly present data findings.
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Louisiana Juvenile Justice Mapping Rapides Final Report

Author:Paul Frick, Tiffany Simpson, Melinda Cannon, and Caroline Sunshine

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2007

Abstract:This report, which was part of the Models for Change+

work in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, is an accompanying resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Module Two: Using Local Information to Guide System Change. As part of their local reform effort, stakeholders in Rapides undertook (with the help of researchers) a comprehensive mapping of the key decision points in the local juvenile justice system. This report details their methodology and findings. Specifically, they examined the most common and important decisions made for youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system (including status offenders), how these decisions are made at various points in the juvenile justice system, and what data are obtained, stored, and shared related to these decisions. Reviewing this report may help you think about how you can present your findings to your working group.
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From Courts to Communities: The Right Response to Truancy, Running Away, and Other Status Offenses

Author:Annie Salsich and Jennifer Trone

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This white paper aims to raise awareness about status offenses and+

spur conversations about how to effectively handle these cases by citing several promising examples of state and local reform. The white paper discusses the status of status offenses in America, explains why courts are poorly suited to handle status offense cases, describes the hallmarks of an effective community-based response for young people charged with status offenses, provides evidence that community-based responses work well, and then concludes by explaining how the Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) can help states and localities develop effective community-based responses to young people who commit status offenses.
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Sustaining Juvenile Justice System Reform A Report to the Louisiana Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission

Author:Institute for Public Health and Justice at the Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This report begins by providing a brief timeline of Louisiana’s+

reform work prior to 2007, followed by a discussion of principles behind the reform efforts. It provides recommendations to the Louisiana Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission (JJIC) that focus on the state’s juvenile justice system as a whole. It also looks more closely at four areas — key system points (focusing on FINS, detention, and probation/post‐dispositional placement); assessments and services; the availability and use of data; and a retrospective look at Act 1225.
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Customizable PowerPoint Presentation: Placing the Local Conversation in a National Context

Author:Vera Institute of Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This customizable PowerPoint presentation is an accompanying resource to A Toolkit+

for Status Offense System Reform, Module One: Structuring System Change. The presentation is intended for use by a local reform champion at a stakeholder working group launch meeting. The presentation begins with the National Context, specifically addressing why status offense system change is important and what system change looks like on the ground. It then moves onto the local context - this section of the presentation is intended for users to edit so they can provide meeting participants with an overview of their local system. The presentation concludes with a slide intended to spark group discussion about the next phase of reform planning.
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Louisiana Children & Youth Planning Board Toolkit: Creating & Optimizing Children & Youth Planning Boards

Author:Institute for Public Health and Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2011

Abstract:This toolkit, created as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Models+

for Change work in Louisiana, is an accompanying resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Module One: Structuring System Change. It is intended to assist Louisiana parishes in the effective mobilization and organization of Children & Youth Planning Boards (CYPB). The toolkit offers guidance in areas such as mission development, organizational structure, by-law development, and coordination and documentation of meetings. Although grounded in the CYPB structure unique to Louisiana parishes, this toolkit is a useful resource for any jurisdiction seeking to leverage an existing youth-centered group for status offense system reform work.
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Notes from the Field: Rapides Parish, LA

Author:Vera Institute of Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This profile provides a summary of status offense system reform+

in Rapides Parish, LA, including the creation of more streamlined referral criteria to encourage out-of-court interventions. The profile includes a summary of the parish's planning process, an overview of monitoring strategies, a snapshot of general program outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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