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Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2015 | 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

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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 hav...

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 11.22.2014 | Gay 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.

Pepper Spraying Youth in Custody at Juvenile Detention Centers Is Incredibly Harmful

Sue Burrell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Sue Burrell

Incarcerated youth are teenagers, and may exhibit the same impulsivity, moodiness and oppositional behavior known to parents everywhere. The idea that these challenges require the routine use of pepper spray is mistaken and harmful.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Going to Juvie

Caitlin Rother | Posted 08.31.2014 | Crime
Caitlin Rother

The teenage girls could barely hear me over the screaming roar of the motorized plumbing snake that the county workers insisted they needed to run through the classroom as I was trying to speak to a class at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility.

Justice for Jane Doe and the Urgency of Survival

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Jane asked her supporters to share this representation of her so you can see her as the person that those of us who know her best do: a teenager who wants to smile with friends, shop for prom dresses with Janet Mock, and have a family to love her.

We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Last Friday, I traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to visit with Jane Doe, a transgender 16-year-old being held at the high security York Correctional Facility for adult women. Jane has been sitting alone at York for 51 days.

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...

High Cost, Young Age: Sentencing Youth to a Life of Debt

Kate Weisburd | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Kate Weisburd

When young people graduate from the juvenile justice system, they have, by any reasonable measure, repaid their debt to society. But one debt is not easily repaid: the hundreds and even thousands of dollars in fines, fees and restitution that young people and their families owe as a result of their cases.

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Marsha Levick | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

For too long, we have tolerated the imposition of severe consequences for simple mistakes -- at a cost we can no longer endure.

Growing Gritty Kids

Andrew Andestic | Posted 11.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Andrew Andestic

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGuess who was one of the youngest talent show contestants at his school? And guess who still has a mild tantrum when a new concept does not come easy? Sometimes intelligence is not an advantage.

Prison Is No Place to Grow Up: Why Every State Must Enact Juvenile Justice Reform

David Chura | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David Chura

When we lock up minors in adult prisons the inevitable focus of incarceration becomes that of survival and of bitter resentment and retaliation for mistreatment by the criminal justice system.

The Price of Retribution

Bertha Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bertha Lewis

New York is the only state other than North Carolina to prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Of those that are sentenced to adult prison, 80 percent are black and Latino.

Calculating "Return On Mission": Music as Medicine for Imprisoned Boys

Pro Journo | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

By Stephanie Ormston, MBA Candidate, Boston University School of Management How do we measure a return on human development? Genuine Voices, a non-pr...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Xavier McElrath-Bey | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Xavier McElrath-Bey

My life course is a testament of the human potential for positive change, and I am in no way an exception. I personally know many individuals who have gone through similar experiences and are now living positive and productive lives.