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Juvenile Justice Reform

Time for Justice for Children in New York

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Under New York's juvenile justice system a child as young as 7 can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times -- bad for children and bad for public safety.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.13.2015 | 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.

A "Coloring Book" Standard for the Care of Children in Adult Jails?

Marsha Levick | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

Coloring books have no place in prison, unless in the hands of an incarcerated parent drawing with their child who has come to visit. To give a coloring book to a child inmate is a disturbing, not playful, image.

Prison for Teen Who Lit "Agender" Youth's Skirt on Fire Thwarts Healing

Sue Burrell | Posted 12.21.2014 | Crime
Sue Burrell

The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior.

A First-Hand Look at Juvenile Justice Reform

Eric Kessler | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Eric Kessler

What makes juvenile justice reform so compelling is that it touches on education, public safety, and economic and racial equality, and my colleagues and I have witnessed its promising effects on both individual youth and the social sector at large.

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.

Why Audrie's Law Is Bad for California

Jeff Adachi | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime
Jeff Adachi

The case of Audrie Potts, the impetus for Senator Jim Beall's Senate Bill 838, is indeed tragic. But SB 838, which creates a mandatory minimum term of confinement that is unprecedented in California's juvenile justice system, is not the answer.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

These States Automatically Put Teens On Trial As Adults | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

Keeping youth offenders in adult prisons increases their risk of suicide, sexual assault and returning to prison, and is the result of "antiquated law...

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform

Angela Caputo | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

The practice of holding minors in adult lockups as their cases drag through the courts is nothing new. We've been doing it for more than a century in Illinois, but not in the numbers that we've seen since ramping up the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s.

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.

What's Our Goal, Anyway?

Jess Coleman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

One cannot help but ask when looking at our criminal justice system: What exactly is our goal, anyway? Is it to deter crime? Is it to rehabilitate?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Dawn Turner | Posted 07.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Dawn Turner

Our nation's youth, especially in California, need our voices, our advocacy, and our efforts. Let's find ways to invest and believe in our youth, and champion alternatives for reform of the juvenile justice system.

Government Should Restore Fidelity in the Juvenile Justice System

Bonnie Saltzman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Denver
Bonnie Saltzman

The time has come for juvenile direct file reform in Colorado. Brain research has come a long way since 1993, and we are so close to using this evidence and research to guide our juvenile justice system.

The Problem With Snitching

Elena Quintana | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

For the last decade or so, the Chicago police have bemoaned an anti-snitching campaign that has become the law of the street in most large cities in the U.S.

Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole in California

Patricia Foulkrod | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Patricia Foulkrod

Over 2,500 prisoners are serving juvenile life without parole in America. They were convicted at age 15, 16, 17, 18 -- and they will die in prison regardless of how well they live their lives while incarcerated.

Alex Wagner

New Hope For Juvenile Offenders? | Alex Wagner | Posted 06.28.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Public and private funds have flooded all manner of experimental education programs, from charter schools to Race to the Top initiatives. ...

Strange Bedfellows: What's a Nice Liberal Like Me Doing in Bed With a Tea Party Governor?

Jon Jefferson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Jefferson

Scaling back juvenile justice could actually reduce juvenile injustice. I say this after spending a year researching beatings and deaths at a Florida reform school.

A Novel Approach to Stem Gang Recruitment of Minors

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Caster

Shouldn't there be a law that adds an automatic and very significant enhancement to the sentence of any adult who participates in a crime that involves a youth as a co-conspirator?

Where Is the Obama Administration on Juvenile Justice Reform?

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Caster

It's time to see White House leadership for these at risk youth who are failing to receive the help they need and unnecessarily putting our communities at risk from both a public safety and a fiscal perspective.

Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the "Missouri Model" an American Model

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

America needs a system that returns juvenile offenders to the community prepared to succeed and become productive adults.

Cook County Juvenile Court Sees Opportunity In Case Crisis

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The juvenile court serving Chicago's South Suburbs is being overwhelmed by cases. It's a long-term problem that's going to require long-term solutions...