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Juvenile Detention

What Is Old, Outdated, And Obsolete?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Crime
Liz Ryan

Answer: A Youth Prison. We're using the mnemonic "locked up" to show some of these key characteristics of a youth prison. This article is the second...

Locked Up: What Is A Youth Prison?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.11.2016 | Crime
Liz Ryan

In juvenile justice, size matters. Larger isn't better. In fact, it's worse. A youth detention or correctional facility over 25-30 beds is considered large, one of the key traits of a youth prison.

How Incarcerated Youth Are Making Their Voices Heard Through Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.22.2016 | Arts

In 2001, artist Lauren Adelman and juvenile defender Francine Sherman began offering art workshops to girls incarcerated at the Spectrum Detainment Ce...

We Know What Works To Save Juvenile Offenders Of Color, So Why Don't We Do More Of It?

Rahel Tekola | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Rahel Tekola

As a child abuse and domestic violence advocate, I've worked comfortable in the knowledge I was on the 'right' side of the crime -- until this spring when I found myself advocating for a 13-year-old African-American Dallas boy accused of sexual assault. He was a victim, too.

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

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.

President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Monday announced that he is banning...

Countdown to the Solstice: Prevention & Hope in NYC

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.10.2015 | New York
Janine Francolini

While news about the health and education of our children can be daunting and dark at times, let's celebrate these beacons of light and hope for holistic health and prevention.

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.

The Percentage Of Girls In Juvenile Detention Who Are LGBTQ Is Absolutely Shocking

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It may shock you to learn that 40 percent of the young girls incarcerated in juvenile detention center identify as LGBT. Like the unbelievable number ...

A Beautiful Hope: A Story of Human Trafficking and Survival

Lisa Williams | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Lisa Williams

Five years ago this month, a young girl from Los Angeles called me from state custody and simply asked, "Can you help me?"  Four years earlier, at 13-years-old, her older sister had handed her over to a pimp.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls

Hannah Hussey | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Hannah Hussey

Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth who encounter the juvenile justice system are placed in facilities that fail to address past experiences of trauma or where they are at risk for sexual violence.

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

Two 13-Year-Old Girls Are Being Tried As Adults. Here's Why That Matters.

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

On Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that the two 13-year-old girls accused of attempting to murder a classmate to impress fictional Internet character ...

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.

Obama: Criminal Justice System 'Skewed By Race And By Wealth'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The criminal justice system is "particularly skewed by race and by wealth," President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NA...

Judge Throws 3 Kids In Juvenile Center For Not Being Nice To Their Dad

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime

Three young siblings caught in their parents' custody fight were berated by a Michigan judge and sent to juvenile detention after they refused to have...

Here Are Some Sensible, Successful Alternatives To Locking People Up Before They Go To Trial

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 07.13.2015 | Media

The New York Times: Putting Fewer Innocents Behind Bars In her latest Fixes column for The New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the detrimental ...

Jason Linkins

Civilized Nations Don't Put Children In Brutal Prisons, So Why Do We?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, Dana Liebelson joins us to discuss her recent exposé of the prison system in Michigan, where children -- co...

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...

Are Adult Decisions Harming Kids in Juvenile Justice?

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

Many, if not most, young people will occasionally go beyond simple mischief and do things that are against the law. Some will cross lines that bring them into contact with law enforcement.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

He Was A Troubled Kid Who Needed Help. Instead, The State Sent Him To Jail.

The Marshall Project | Dana Goldstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime

On Feb. 27, 2013, 17-year-old Junior Smith was summoned to the front office of his Philippi, West Virginia, high school. It was eighth period, just a ...

Why 16-Year-Old Transgender Teen Jane Doe Might Have Run

Chase Strangio | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chase Strangio

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Jane Doe escaped. She was patient. She waited for months and even years for the world to do right by her. She waited for her chance to be loved, supported and to survive. How much can a 16-year-old who has lived a life of abuse and trauma be expected to endure?

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.