tonight's council pre-meeting has just one agenda item: a presentation on the first year of a 'juvenile probation transformation project,' supported by the annie e casey foundation.
the slides for the presentation are in the meeting packet, here:… Image
the program itself is based on a fairly obvious idea: children do not need to be subjected to state surveillance. kids make mistakes and don't need to be funneled into the criminal justice system. kids respond well to positive incentives & when well supported. Image
charlottesville is participating in this program as a pilot that just got underway in the last year ImageImage
"we want to change our culture, we *have* to change our culture," says christa galleo a probation supervisor with the 16th district court who is participating in this program, talking about the importance of engaging with families in changing youth probation.
one of mayor nikuyah walker's greatest strengths has been advocating for exactly this kind of thing - funding nontraditional, community-based work outside the usual nonprofit industrial complex. with her at the helm, this has real transformative potential. Image
mayor walker asks what the current caseloads are like. marc moore, an intake supervisor with the 16th district court, doesn't have a precise answer but says the area is currently within the desired range of under 12 juvenile probation cases per probation officer
vice mayor sena magill has questions about rates of serious mental illness in kids in the juvenile justice system. moore does not have a specific answer about how many kids are getting treatment.
hunter smith from human services says they are working on a program in partnership with the police department on a pre-arrest diversion program for juveniles. an MOU is still hypothetical, "the pieces are there," but there's no draft yet.
lucas county ohio, another participant in this program, has a policy of not placing any juvenile on probation for misdemeanor offenses, says opal west, a program associate from the annie e casey foundation.
council will now go into closed session for "personnel evaluation; legal consultation" until the regular meeting at 6:30.

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