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King's Academy-Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Andrea Bogie, MSW

This is the second annual report on the operation of King’s Academy and is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), King’s Academy staff, and the Children’s Research Center (CRC).

Milwaukee Academy of Science-Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Andrea Bogie, MSW

This is the fourth annual report to describe the operation of the Milwaukee Academy of Science as a City of Milwaukee–chartered school. It is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the Children’s Research Center (CRC).

Milwaukee Math and Science Academy-Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Greg Rafn

This is the first annual report on the operation of Milwaukee Math and Science Academy (MMSA) and is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), MMSA staff, and the Children’s Research Center (CRC).

Special Topic Report on Domestic Violence in Families Served by Child Welfare Services in the State of California

| Andrea Bogie, MSW, Raelene Freitag, Theresa Healy, MS

Child welfare services (CWS) is one system in California with the capacity to routinely screen and assess for domestic violence. As a result, the California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Well-being (Leadership Group) sought this statewide analysis of the data collected by the screening and assessment tools used most widely by CWS agencies in the state: the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) shared this interest and supported completion of this special topic report.

Through this analysis, the Leadership Group and CDSS hope to advance understanding of families and children in the CWS caseload who experience domestic violence in order to strengthen responses that will enable families and children to achieve safety and heal, as well as to prevent such violence in the future.

Key Findings From the California Cities Gang Prevention Network Process Evaluation

| Dr. Angela Wolf

This report summarizes the findings of NCCD’s process evaluation of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city initiative that aims to reduce gang violence and victimization, mortality, and morbidity, and to develop a statewide policy agenda to abet promising local efforts. The report ascertains the role and function of the Network for cities, as well as strengths and areas in need of improvement. One of the greatest lessons revealed by the process evaluation was the key to successfully developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy.

LEC - Revisiting Structured Decision Making

| Raelene Freitag

2012 Summer Webinar - The Elder Abuse Decision Support System, Part II

| Moderated by Kathy Park

In this follow-up to the Spring 2012 webinar, Kendon Conrad, Ph.D., Madelyn Iris, Ph.D., and Jessica Mazza, MSPH provided participants with an online demonstration of the Elder Abuse Decision Support System (EADSS) that uses standardized measures and short screening forms to assess elder mistreatment and exploitation, as well as expected system outcomes such as increased convenience and efficiency and improved quality of assessments. (Materials: slide presentation)

SDM News

| Children's Research Center

Structured Decision Making News, Using the FSNA to Write Goals and Case Plan Actions 

Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S.

| Christopher Hartney, Caroline Glesmann

Reported crime is at the lowest level in decades, safe alternatives to incarceration are an accepted part of the corrections system, and private prisons have not provided the cost savings and improved conditions of confinement that their proponents promise. Nevertheless, business is booming for prison companies. Since their start in the 1980s, private prisons have come to hold 8% of all U.S. state and federal prisoners, including half of federal immigration detainees. A steady flow of inmates has meant huge profits for these companies. Just as steady have been the reports of abuse and neglect, poor management of inmate needs, and poor governmental oversight.

2012 Spring Webinar - The Elder Abuse Decision Support System

| Moderated by Kathy Park

Kendon Conrad, Ph.D., Madelyn Iris, Ph.D., and Jessica Mazza, MSPH presented on the development of the Elder Abuse Decision Support System (EADSS). Nationally, elder mistreatment and financial exploitation continue to be under-reported, resulting in inaccurate prevalence and incidence statistics, and increased suffering of older adults. Important systemic factors contributing to this problem include lack of valid, standardized assessment procedures, and state-specific definitions and scope of various types of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Advances in assessment methodology and computer technology offer promising solutions to improve the identification and tracking of elder mistreatment and exploitation, as well as the reduction of some barriers related to the responsive assessment and delivery of services to victims. This presentation describes the development of EADSS, an Elder Abuse Decision Support System, that uses standardized measures and short screening forms to assess elder mistreatment and exploitation, as well as expected system outcomes such as increased convenience and efficiency and improved quality of assessments. The presentation focuses on the Older Adult Financial Exploitation Measure to illustrate the methods used to develop items. (Materials: slide presentation)

Defending Childhood Task Force Co-Chair Joe Torre Talks About Protecting Children From Violence With Mitch Albom

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Defending Childhood Task Force co-chair Joe Torre spoke with Mitch Albom when the task force held its last hearing in Detroit on April 24, 2012. Click to hear Joe discuss his own childhood experience of violence and how he’s now working to protect children through the Defending Childhood Task Force and his Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation. The broadcast originally aired on April 25 as part of “The Mitch Albom Show.”

Opening Remarks - Detroit

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Panelist: Michael Wright, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Wayne State University, Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan, Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Tony West, Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, and Defending Childhood Task Force Co-Chairs Joe Torre and Robert Listenbee, Jr. Members of the Defending Childhood Task Force.