Press Watch for February 2002

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This special edition (fall 2001) of the Annie E. Casey Foundation magazine – titled, “Fostered or Forgotten? A Special Report on Foster Teens in Transition” – covers the challenges facing teens aging out of foster care. The feature begins with a rundown of statistics (on dropouts and unemployment, for example), examines in-depth transition efforts for foster youth in southern New Jersey and Los Angeles County, and profiles four other models for transitional systems (San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati; Baltimore; and Connecticut). Also included is an interview with Gary Stangler, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, an $18 million program to support development of effective transition policies. 33 pages. Free. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202. (410) 223-2890,

Criminology & Public Policy

In an effort to try to shrink the gap between criminal justice research and policy, the American Society of Criminology has launched this new journal aimed at introducing research findings into policy-makers’ discussions of criminality and justice. Start-up funding was provided by the National Institute of Justice. Portions of each issue will focus on juvenile justice.

The first issue (November 2001) includes “Timing of Delinquency Behavior,” which summarizes a study comparing juvenile crime during school and non-school hours, and another comparing the behavior of children in after-school programs with that of unsupervised youth. There is also an analysis of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program. The authors find that while GREAT instills positive perceptions of police and negative perceptions of gangs, the program may not deter participation in gangs.

Criminology & Public Policy is published tri-annually, with subscriptions at $120 a year. The American Society of Criminology, (212) 237-8988, or

Journal of the American Medical Association

The Dec. 26 issue features several articles on suicide including, “Childhood Abuse, Household Dysfunction and the Risk of Attempted Suicide Throughout the Life Span” and “Suicide in Teenagers: Assessment, Management and Prevention.” Go to, click on JAMA, then “past issues,” or call (312) 464-2402.

Omaha World-Herald

A six-part series (“Trust Betrayed: Failing our Mentally Ill Children”) starting Jan. 13 summarized a year-long investigation that charges that Nebraska ranks among the worst states in caring for mentally ill youth. The stories reveal young people bounced among numerous facilities, doctors and therapists who can’t diagnose and treat extremely disturbed youths, incarcerated youths getting little or no treatment, and families forced to surrender parental rights in order to get treatment for their kids. Go to