Tuesday, June 21, 2005

More money for juvenile justice

Following a significant announcement yesterday, Louisiana now has more help in reforming its juvenile justice system. The MacArthur Foundation will provide Louisiana $1.5 million annually for up to five years for juvenile justice reform. Today’s Times Picayune has a write up. Louisiana has been working on reform since Chief Justice Calogero called for it in 2001. Legislation passed in 2003 and reform continues (Act 1225 of 2003). But California is also reforming its juvenile justice system and seems to be getting more national press. Despite the MacArthur Foundation announcement yesterday and the statement that Louisiana is (or will be) a "model for change," it’s hard to avoid the fact that no one else seems to think so -- yet.