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September 22, 2020 | Claire Crowley
The current national conversation on the ways institutional racism is embedded within our public systems is desperately needed and long overdue. While the justice system deserves the focus it has received, the child welfare system also demands significant reform. Decades of data show that families o…
August 29, 2020 | Kathy Park
With an office in Madison, NCCD counts Wisconsin as one of its home communities. Like so many, we are reeling from the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in the city of Kenosha. We send our heartfelt wishes to Mr. Blake and his family for physical and emotional healing. This week Wisconsin…
July 24, 2020 | NCCD
During COVID-19 and physical distancing, NCCD is providing practical guidance for navigating the rapidly changing challenges faced by child welfare, justice, and adult protection agencies. We will be adding more resources on an ongoing basis.   Survey on Agency Response to COVID-19 NCCD’s survey of…
July 23, 2020 | NCCD
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have regularly reported a shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE)—so critical for health care workers. A recent NCCD survey of child welfare and justice system agencies found the same problem across all groups of respondents: Limited PPE po…
June 15, 2020 | Charlene Taylor, PhD
This blog was inspired by events that took place at a restaurant in the Hyde Park area of Boise, Idaho, on June 8, 2020. Today was not the first time I’ve been called a “nigger.” But it felt the same. Today, like that day, I was on a sidewalk, minding my own business, surrounded by white people, as…
June 11, 2020 | NCCD
During physical distancing, more parent and child contact is taking place via videoconferencing technology. In many jurisdictions, virtual meetings are playing a crucial role to assess parents’ and children’s readiness for potential reunification. Video visits present new challenges and new opportun…
June 5, 2020 | NCCD
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Sean Reed. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. Botham Jean. Philando Castile. Freddie Gray. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Ezell Ford.  We say their names, and we grieve their deaths.  But no one really knows just how many Black people die due to police brutality. Law enf…
May 6, 2020 | NCCD
Child protection social workers are essential first responders in many states. As they are forced to adapt their work to new and changing contexts, the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) is offering support by developing and facilitating webinars about: Safety assessment and planning when physic…
May 6, 2020 | Charlene Y. Taylor, PhD
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the nation, the context of justice practices—like everything else—has changed dramatically. Court proceedings are being postponed or conducted remotely, jails and prisons are making decisions about releasing residents, and community supervision populations are grow…
April 15, 2020 | NCCD
Pretrial detention and cash bail are major contributors to mass incarceration and racial disparities in the justice system. For people who are held in jail before trial, even a short stay can mean lost income or employment and family disruption, which may in turn affect their ability to pay for ne…