“Service is really a great strategy to re-engage court-involved youth,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, president and CEO of the Corps Network. “It allows them to reintegrate into the community in a really positive way.”
NIJ, the scientific-research arm of the U.S. Justice Department, previously faced criticism that its records didn't show how it chose grant recipients, so it opened up the process to let each applicant know why its request was approved or denied.
But the agency still withholds information that would let Congress, other applicants and the public judge whether the awards were fair.
Young children bound off the bus on summer mornings at Hickory Grove Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. They’re coming to summer camp for six weeks — a camp located at their very own school and likely staffed with some of their very own teachers..
Each year in the United States, several million children witness the arrest of a parent.
These arrests are most likely to be for domestic violence, drug-related incidents and property crimes, according to a report from the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The experience can be excruciating for children.
Here’s a stark picture of the “achievement gap”: Four out of five low-income kids are not reading proficiently at the end of third grade, according to a January 2014 Annie E. Casey Foundation report. This is true of only half their higher-income peers, the report said.
“We call them our kids versus our clients because they spend most of their time with us,” counselor Julia Barboza said. “At a lot of agencies, you don’t see that, kids just come in and out. Here, we do more than counsel kids and just sit in an office to help them reduce their use. We cook for them when they are hungry, we clothe them when they need clothes, we shelter them when they need shelter.”