Bolin honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform

The following is a Press Release from Models for Change:

Dane Bolin, director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Services, was honored Tuesday, December 6th by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change initiative as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform.

Bolin received the award at the sixth annual Models for Change national conference in Washington, D.C., where he was recognized for his efforts to make juvenile justice reform a hallmark of Calcasieu Parish.

Models for Change is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 16-state juvenile justice system reform initiative. Now in its sixth year, Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more effective, fair and developmentally sound juvenile justice system by creating successful and replicable models that improve outcomes for youth, use resources wisely and protect community safety.

Under Bolin's leadership, Calcasieu Parish has received support from Louisiana Models for Change. Grant funds were used to strengthen Calcasieu Parish's Children and Youth Planning Board (CYPB) and encourage the use of evidence-based practices. Bolin uses his role as chairman of the CYPB to educate community stakeholders and child-serving agencies throughout Calcasieu Parish on the importance of using evidence-based practices, reducing racial disparity and community engagement.

Bolin has also focused his leadership beyond Calcasieu Parish with his work on the development of detention standards for the state of Louisiana. He was a key player in the passage of legislation (House Bill 1477) outlining the development of "best practice standards" for juvenile detention facilities and licensing. He worked with key stakeholders and members of the Louisiana Juvenile Detention Association (LJDA) to come to a set of standards that worked for everyone involved. The standards have been submitted to the Louisiana Department of Children and Families to develop rules governing the licensing of juvenile detention facilities consistent with the standards recommended by LJDA.