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Juvenile Justice System

Counseling And Community Service Over Incarceration For Juvenile Offenders

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.23.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

King County, Washington is one of the most recent courts in the country to turn to the alternative approach of restorative justice over criminal justi...

For LGBTQ Youth, Schools' Failures May Mean Higher Risk Of Criminalization

Naomi Goldberg | Posted 08.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Goldberg

Family rejection, discrimination in our communities, discriminatory enforcement of laws, and hostile school environments all play a part. But let's focus on how the climate in our nation's schools puts many LGBTQ youth at greater risk for being criminalized.

What Is Old, Outdated, And Obsolete?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...

A New Season For Youth Justice Reform

Shabnam Javdani | Posted 07.10.2016 | Crime
Shabnam Javdani

Why have we recreated the adult justice system for youth when we know that youth's development is different, and so are the reasons behind their offending?

We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Lisa Pilnik

co-authored by Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families releas...

Gault at 50: Ensuring Counsel for LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Naomi Goldberg | Posted 06.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Goldberg

This blog was co-authored by Christina J. Gilbert, Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel, National Juvenile Defender Center In 1967, the United States Su...

Why Juvenile Justice Reform Is Necessary to Restore Opportunity to Youth

Monique Rizer | Posted 04.26.2017 | Impact
Monique Rizer

Recidivism rates for youth involved in the system have remained persistently high. However, reforming the system would prevent youthful mistakes from becoming life long barriers to opportunity and help young adults get back on track to the American Dream.

Jailing Vulnerable Youth for Status Offenses Helps No One

Yasmin Vafa | Posted 04.14.2017 | Crime
Yasmin Vafa

We must remember that the ultimate goal of the juvenile justice system is not to punish, but to rehabilitate. Today, armed with the latest data of what is proven to improve outcomes for our children, we can, and ought, to do better. It is what we owe to our children in Arkansas and to those all across the country.

Doin' Work, Flash Interviews With Contemporary Photographers: Zora J Murff

Tara Wray | Posted 04.05.2017 | Arts
Tara Wray

Welcome back to Doin' Work: Flash Interviews With Contemporary Photographers. This is a place for me to celebrate the photographers who inspire me, an...

Why Life Sentences for Juveniles Is All of Our Business

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.02.2017 | Black Voices
Jeanne Bishop

I finally sat down to read a recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion on an important issue: are all prisoners serving mandatory sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles entitled to new sentences based on an earlier ruling that such sentences constitute unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment?

Wolferts Sisters Face Possible Return to Alleged Abuser

Hope Loudon | Posted 01.25.2017 | Crime
Hope Loudon

The famous Wolferts sisters, Danielle and Sydney, disappeared July 17, 2014 and remained in hiding until found safely with their mother on January 3rd...

A Beautiful Hope: A Story of Human Trafficking and Survival

Lisa Williams | Posted 10.22.2016 | 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.

Letting a Ten-Year-Old Waive His Miranda Rights? There Oughtta Be a Law

Marsha Levick | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Marsha Levick

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that the average ten-year-old is incapable of waiving his Miranda rights on his own. In fact, most brain surgeons can point to hard physical evidence that they can't.

Juvenile Review Board: A Chance for Underage Greenwich Offenders to Avoid a Criminal Record

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2016 | Crime
Katherine Du

Prior to the introduction of the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) in late 2008, every arrest in Greenwich, Connecticut was processed and sent directly to court.

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children

Heather Hamel | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Heather Hamel

It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.

Unlocked: Juvenile Probation Reformed

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

In Wayne County, Michigan, a teen named Debbie sat down for her weekly meeting with Juvenile Justice Specialist, Susan Wiley. "Have you been drug screening as you've been required to?" Wiley asked.

Unlocked: From Probation to Incarceration

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

At the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro California, Assistant Superintendent Brian Hopson led a tour through the huge, 360-bed juvenile detention center. Nearly half the beds were empty. Hopson's footsteps echoed down the hall as he unlocked a door to an unoccupied unit.

Unlocked: The Understaffing of Juvenile Hall

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2016 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

When they're short on guards, supervisors sometimes run what they call split recs -- basically dividing recreation, exercise, and dinner time in half. Fifteen kids come out while the other 15 remain in their cells.

Juvenile Detention Centers Are Not for Abused Kids

Hope Loudon | Posted 08.07.2016 | Crime
Hope Loudon

Some juvenile detention centers may double as holding places for abused children, but they remain juvenile detention centers nonetheless. I am all too familiar with this phenomenon because, like the Tsimhoni children, my sister and I were incarcerated in a juvenile detention center for refusing to see our father at the age of 14.

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.

Youth Prisons Are Factories of Failure: Close Them Down

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Patrick McCarthy

We need to close every youth prison in this country. Permanently. Every one of them.

Black Girls Matter: For Too Long, the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline has Gone Unchecked

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 07.10.2016 | Women
Teresa C. Younger

Too often the initial choice to punish and incarcerate an abused girl sets in motion a vicious cycle of abuse and imprisonment that continues throughout her life. In fact, a girl with a history of sexual abuse is five times more likely to be re-arrested once released.

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
Catharine Hill

As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.