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Juvenile Justice System

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Roper v. Simmons: One Small Step for Christopher Simmons, One Giant Step for Juvenile Justice Reform

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Marsha Levick

With this simple declaration ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ended a centuries-old practice that left youth eligible for execution for murders they committed when they were under the age of eighteen.

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.

Mark Wahlberg Has a Problem, and He's Not the Only One

Marsha Levick | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime
Marsha Levick

Today, he is asking for "official public redemption." His success and celebrity will likely earn him that. But success comes in many packages. We hope Mark Wahlberg gets the pardon he seeks. But let's not stop there. Let's give all our kids a second chance.

Dana Liebelson

Black Teenager Taken Out Of School And Jailed For A Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit Claims | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

In September, police took a 17-year-old African-American boy out of high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, and arrested him on the suspicion that he had par...

The Worst Place in the World for a Child

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Charles Radcliffe

Prison really is the worst place in the world to put a child. Which is why, as a response to juvenile criminality, it should only ever be considered a response of absolute last resort.

When Children Are Not Children: A 10-Year Old Murder Suspect Is Charged as An Adult

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To be sure, these are brutal allegations. But let's be clear about one thing: Even if he is charged as an adult, Kurilla is not an adult. He is a ten-year-old child.

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.

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...

Reversing the Criminalization of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

Angela Irvine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Angela Irvine

Now is the time for the federal government to act.

Rebecca Klein

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

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan Ferriss March 26, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit,...

Kim Bellware

Here's Why It's 'Counterproductive' To Put Juveniles On The Sex Offender Registry | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders can hinder rehabilitation efforts and have significant, long-term negative consequences fo...

The Solitary Confinement of Children: Child Abuse by Any Other Name

Marsha Levick | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Marsha Levick

Use of solitary confinement on a child is nothing short of government-sanctioned child abuse. We need to end the practice now.

A Childhood Behind Bars

Jamira Burley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jamira Burley

The most alarming of all of the youth juvenile statistics is the fact that charging children as adults doesn't reduce crime -- So why do we do it?

Private Prisons and the Creation of a Permanent Under Class

Julia Meszaros | Posted 05.11.2014 | Crime
Julia Meszaros

Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.

Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative Advances Government, Private Sector, and Philanthropic Investment in Human Capital

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Can you do good and do well? This is the driving question for impact investors - those who want their dollars to both provide a reasonable return on ...

Juvenile Incarceration and the Creeping Corporatization of America

Ed Hamilton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Ed Hamilton

Corporations such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, and Boeing are cleaning up on drone warfare. On the other hand, I guess we wouldn't have Edward Snowdon if the N.S.A. hadn't farmed out data collection to private contractors such as his employer, Booz Allen Hamilton.

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.

Spawning Activism Through Art

Julien Robson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julien Robson

Institutional detention, however, does not solve the fundamental problems causing delinquency, and no matter how hard we try to provide care for youth in detention, we will not change their lives until we provide early support for them in their communities.

Rationing Justice: Closing LA 'Gang Court' Sets Up Vicious Spiral

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

For young people in South Los Angeles, the only "miracle" in California's budget will be if they get a fair day in court.

Black Oakland Youth Arrested, But Not Charged, In Stunning Numbers, Report Says

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
The Center for Public Integrity

African-American youth in Oakland, Calif. are arrested -- but then not charged -- at "vastly disproportionate" rates compared to others, which raises troubling questions about police interactions with some of the city's most vulnerable young people.

Making A Comeback For Kids

Sarah Bryer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Sarah Bryer

In state legislatures across the country, an undercurrent of reform driven by youth advocates and policymakers of both parties has inspired a sea change within juvenile justice systems nationwide. This is dramatically reversing a troubling trend in youth incarceration, while also benefiting kids, saving taxpayer money and keeping communities safe.