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September 6, 2016 | Adam Benforado
I went to law school with a clear vision of how the legal system worked and how I would fight injustice. It was conjured up from John Grisham novels and Law and Order episodes and films I’d watched as a kid. I saw myself in the courtroom, standing tall against abuse like Atticus Finch. I knew my vil…
September 2, 2016 | NCCD
Filmmakers, writers, journalists, and other members of the media help shape public understanding and public outrage. They help humanize, organize, and realize change. This is why NCCD has long recognized outstanding portrayals of the systems we work in and the people whose lives they touch with the …
July 25, 2016 | Doug Smith, Program Associate
Historically, my understanding of the word “risk” has been limited to the context of its everyday use: “This might be a risky move”; “You’re taking a risk with that one”; “You might be putting yourself at risk by doing that.” I never gave the term much more thought, at least not intentionally. Two m…
July 20, 2016 | Ben Free, Business Analyst
This past February marked President Obama’s last release of a proposed federal budget for the fiscal year. Like each budget before, it contains numerous priorities and provides funding for strategies to support them. Among the many strategies that have been included in President Obama’s eight budget…
July 14, 2016 | Dr. Jesse Russell, Chief Program Officer
Implicit cognitive biases affect every person. These thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control can create a gap between our intentions and our actions. See Project Implicit for research and some tests you can take yourself right now. As a countereffect, experts across many fie…
July 6, 2016 | NCCD
Give yourself something new to look forward to this fall—register for the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families! Scheduled for October 4–6 in sunny coastal Orange County, California, the conference includes an immense variety of tracks, sessions, and special events. Come share your…
June 28, 2016 | NCCD
NCCD is proud to announce that photographer and filmmaker Isadora Kosofsky will join us at our 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families. Ms. Kosofsky’s photographs take viewers inside the systems NCCD works in. Her series Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family explores the…
June 23, 2016 | NCCD
Headlines about the sex trafficking of children are all too common. The recent arrest of 238 people involved in trafficking minors in Los Angeles only highlights the need for deeper understanding of the issue. Child sex trafficking, also known as commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), wi…
June 21, 2016 | Chris Scharenbroch
A risk assessment is a data-based tool that classifies people into groups based on the likelihood of a specific outcome happening in the future (for example, being arrested for a crime). The kinds of information that often help construct a risk tool are things like prior system involvement, social a…
June 15, 2016 | NCCD
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  While elder abuse is tragically common, the estimated 500,000-plus incidents of adult maltreatment that occur annually in the United States do not get the attention they need and deserve. Only a fraction of these incidents are reported formally to the …