Address root causes of delinquency.

Treat children as children. 

The overwhelming majority of justice system-involved youth have been exposed to victimization and other childhood adversities. Up to 33% have developed PTSD. The jailing of juveniles causes additional trauma that will further reduce their opportunities to become productive members of society. Thus, it is important to look to the root causes of juveniles acting out and provide services based on a comprehensive assessment of needs.

  • In managing juvenile delinquency cases referred to his office, Jason will make trauma-informed screening, assessment, and wrap-around care the standard.

The brain of a juvenile is much different than that of an adult, and understanding those differences is critical in responding to and reforming juvenile misconduct. 

  • Jason understands this and will keep youthful offenders in the juvenile system rather than transferring them to a court designed for adults. 
  • In order to help juveniles better understand accountability and the impact of their actions, Jason will implement restorative justice approaches where appropriate.

Record of Reform: City Council Requests Budget Allocation for Early Childhood Education - New Orleans City Council

Record of Reform: New Orleans City Council Calls For Increase In Trauma Services For Children | Center for Health Journalism

Record of Reform: LCCR : New Orleans City Council Commits to Addressing Childhood Trauma

Record of Reform: https://gradelevelreading.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-Orleans-Jason-Williams-Champion-write-up.pdf

Record of Reform: City Council Criminal Justice Committee Receives Presentations on Juvenile Intervention Strategies

Record of Reform: Councilmember Jason Williams Issues Statement on Juvenile Intervention Strategies


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