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Juvenile Delinquency

Christina Wilkie

A Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Prison Has A New Lease On Life, Thanks To Conservatives

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill in Congress aimed at preventing crime by keeping at-risk youth out of the prison system could get a major boost this year from an...

Interrupting the Cycle of Juvenile Delinquency

Jacquelyn McCroskey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacquelyn McCroskey

As the system is currently structured, the majority are ordered "home on probation," which involves regular visits with a probation officer while a youth either lives at home or in a court-ordered "suitable placement" with a relative or in a group home. But are these probation programs working?

Time to Put Truth and Common Sense Back Into Sentencing of Youthful Offenders

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Twenty years ago, however, there was a different "truth" about youthful offenders. That "truth" was that the United States was on the brink of a crime wave committed by juvenile "superpredators."

Jonathan Cohn

This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut -- Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couc...

Abortion Denied: Consequences for Mother and Child

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Those who seek to limit or prohibit safe, legal abortion need to understand the damaging consequences for the unwanted children, their mothers, and society.

Saturday Surf Sessions With Juvenile Delinquents

Claudio Pino Cabrera | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Claudio Pino Cabrera

My Saturday ritual? Every Saturday I wake up early to surf with a group of kids locked up in a juvenile detention center in my hometown of Valparaiso, Chile. It's by far the best day of my week.

Contagious Racism

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

The mechanism by which race affects has never been fully understood. Even when accounting for other factors, race exhibits a larger effect on outcomes than can be attributed for.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

Rebecca Klein

The Education Being Provided To This Group Of Students Is Absolutely 'Inadequate,' Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

The education provided to young inmates in the juvenile justice system is grossly inadequate and generally ineffective, according to a report released...

10 Youth Movements That Changed History

Matt Wolf | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Matt Wolf

Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape.

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2013 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?

The Teenage Brain: How Do We Measure Maturity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.29.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Teenagers are attracted to novel and risky activities, especially with peers, at a time when they lack judgment and the ability to weigh future consequences. How specifically should this scientific insight into teenage risk taking inform policy and legal decisions?

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rob Schware | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.

Juvenile Hall Is No Place for Kids

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.31.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

The rundown building is surrounded by barbed wire. Inside, kids sleep in narrow locked cells, no different from what you'd find in an adult jail. They are subjected to strip searches and attend an hour or two of "school" in a crowded room filled with a random selection of books.

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.

Is Juvenile Delinquency a Failure of Imagination?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Over the years -- long before and after 1950s America -- experts have targeted everything from genes to poverty to poor parenting and worse teachers as the source of teenage misbehavior. Now comes a fresh idea from psychological science.

A Teenager's View Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.22.2012 | Arts

There are approximately 70,700 imprisoned youth in the United States. This number is set against the backdrop of a jarring total of 2.3 million in...

A Child for All Purposes in New York, Except One

Michael A. Corriero | Posted 10.24.2012 | Crime
Michael A. Corriero

If our state requires parental involvement for soaking up ultra-violet rays and piercing a belly button, then surely we can add an adult arrest -- and its life-long impact -- to this list.

Looking for Trouble (and Seeing It)

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.09.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists and clinicians are interested in the dynamic interaction of perception and aggression. Looking for trouble, and seeing it, may be a deep cognitive bias--a negativity bias--that distorts normal emotional processing.

Humiliating Children In Public: A New Parenting Trend?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Maybe it's because the weather has been unseasonably calm this year, but there has been a rash of examples of parents forcing their children to stand out in the open with signs declaring the ways in which the youngsters have misbehaved.

Watching Lives Crash In Slow-motion: A Pediatrician's Perspective On Youth Arrests

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

By age 23, 1 in 3 youth in the U.S. has been arrested for a non-traffic offense. To those who say that we can't afford to spend money on this now, or that government should stay out of people's lives, I say this: You can't escape 1 in 3.

Radley Balko

School Police Have Uncertain Impact On Student Arrests, Crime Prevention

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

A headline-generating study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, suggests that approximately one in three Americans is arrested before age ...

Question Authority, Students; Show Them How, Teachers

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.07.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

The lockdown model of education with oppressive rules and blindly inflexible enforcement is a failure. Let's find a way to replace punishment with inspiration, dispassionate control with tough love.

15-Year-Old Led Police On High-Speed Car Chase

AP | Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

ASHLAND, Ore. — A 15-year-old Washington boy is behind bars after police say he led troopers from two states on a 45-mile pursuit at speeds that...

Are Town Curfews A Good Thing?

Posted 12.04.2011 | Home

Teens in Oakland, California who stay out too late may be headed for trouble not just with their parents, but also the police. As a response to rising...