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Why Yesterday Was A Huge Day For Youth Justice

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Lisa Pilnik

This week's developments are just part of a larger wave of reform in how communities and the justice system view and treat young people, and a growing recognition that some of our past practices and policies were ineffective.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 12.03.2015 | Crime
Lisa Pilnik

Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

If you sit in juvenile delinquency court long enough, you notice a few things. Most of the kids are black or brown. Almost all of the families are poor. And a huge percentage of the children have problems in school - learning difficulties, mental health needs, behavioral issues, or all three.

Black And Latino Youths Are Majorities In Juvenile Prisons, WBEZ Reports

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last year admissions to the detention center of Hispanic youth were 5 times that of white youth. For African-American youth, 30 times higher. 30 times...