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Juvenile Justice

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Wants To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Hopes To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

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.

Saturday Surf Sessions With Juvenile Delinquents

Claudio Pino Cabrera | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Claudio Pino Cabrera

My Saturday ritual? Every Saturday I wake up early to surf with a group of kids locked up in a juvenile detention center in my hometown of Valparaiso, Chile. It's by far the best day of my week.

DC's Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now, more than ever, we must pay attention to the practices and policies of the office tasked with prosecuting our youth. In 2011, there were 3,464 arrests of youth in the District and more than 42 percent of these were for non-violent misdemeanors.

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.

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.

Kids Shouldn't Be at Rikers, Period

Alba Morales | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Alba Morales

People younger than 18 cannot vote, drink, or rent a car in any US state. Just this year, New York raised the age at which someone can buy cigarettes to 21. Yet the state continues to treat all 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as if they were adults.

18 Counties With the Highest Juvenile Arrest Rates in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.02.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Arrests in general, across every region, continued a downward trend from the last 10 years. Southern Illinois had the lowest rate overall, while Cook County had the highest.

As Another Young Boy Commits Suicide in an Adult Prison, We Must Rethink the Prosecution of Children as Adults

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

Zachary Proper, age 15, committed suicide two weeks ago in an adult prison in Pennsylvania. There has been little media coverage of his death, suggesting a disturbing complacency about suicide by youth who would rather take their own lives than endure decades in jail.

Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

Dan Cardinali | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.

It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that these are not "bad" kids, but many of them are kids to whom bad things have happened. With help, these fragile teens can and will succeed -- but not by locking them up with adults.

Rage in Ferguson Offers Important Lesson

Lecia Brooks | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Lecia Brooks

It's time to listen to the hopes and fears of all Americans. It's time to recognize the injustices that we must eliminate to ensure all Americans can pursue their dreams. And we must do it before the rage our nation has witnessed permanently supplants hope.

Shame of the Nation: The Fight to Keep Children Locked Up for Life

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime
Heather Ann Thompson

Ending up here, with thousands of kids imprisoned for life, was by no means inevitable, or even predictable, when we look back in our nation's history. For much of the last two centuries, very few would have accepted the idea that the legal system should treat children exactly like adults, or that a child who breaks the law, even egregiously so, is unredeemable.

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.

Kids On Hook For Limitless Sums After Crimes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This story is part of Double Charged, a special report on the U.S. juvenile justice system produced by Youth Radio. Ricky Brum standing near the sco...

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.

Abuse Allegations Still Plague Religious Homes for Troubled Teens

Maurice Chammah | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Maurice Chammah

Though attitudes about appropriate disciplinary practices for children have certainly shifted over the last decade and a half, the debate on them is hardly closed.

Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Timothy P. Silard

A responsible approach to criminal justice can make our communities safer, save tax dollars and help all of us, but our current system is falling terribly short -- at great economic, human and moral cost.

The Central Park Jogger Case Is Settled for $40 Million, But What About Justice for Other Black and Latino Teens?

Natalie Byfield | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Natalie Byfield

For me, in this case, the arc of the moral universe encompasses more than the men involved; and thus it is longer even than the 25 years it took for the exonerate men to get this measure of reparation or justice.

What the Slender Man Case Reveals About the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

Tina Freiburger | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.

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.

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.