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Juvenile Justice

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 12.03.2016 | Crime
Lisa Pilnik

Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.

When An 8 Year Old Kills

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.22.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A child died, and that is tragic. But an 8-year-old child is being charged in juvenile court with her murder. And that is outrageous. Because not every tragedy is a crime, and not every actor is a criminal.

Former Prosecutor Helps Teen Who Was Given Life Sentence Win Release

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.22.2015 | Crime

A Florida man who was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 17 for murder has been released after serving about 20 years behind bars. An Orange Co...

Teens Should Not Be Legally Punished for Consensual Sexting

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.12.2016 | Parents
Marsha Levick

Imposing lifelong consequences for teen behavior is contrary to adolescent development research, which confirms what parents already know-teenagers are impulsive and often make bad decisions, but they are also malleable and capable of change. The mistakes they make as teenagers are not predictive of who they will be as adults.

In 10 States, Children Can Be Punished With Indefinite Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten states allow children in juvenile detention centers to be punished with solitary confinement indefinitely, according to a new report...

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

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.

Teens Sentenced To Die In Prison May Not Get A New Day In Court -- Yet

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

Henry Montgomery has spent more than 50 years behind bars after his conviction for killing a sheriff's deputy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 17 at ...

Gender Injustice in America: A Therapeutic Wake-Up Call

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

It is Mental Health Awareness Month and while advocates across America and the world speak out for dignity and social justice for persons with mental ...

And Justice for All: 21st Century Policing

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.08.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

For Latino communities, Lopez highlights the need to disentangle local law enforcement with immigration enforcement. While this is not the sole cause of friction between police and Latinos, it would certainly go a long way to rebuilding the trust and confidence Latinos have in law enforcement.

Toward a Transformative Juvenile Justice System

Kad Smith | Posted 10.07.2016 | Black Voices
Kad Smith

The juvenile justice system is supposed to emphasize education, guidance, and rehabilitation, not punishment. But, in my experience, the system emphasized punitive measures over any attempt at real rehabilitation.

Michigan Lawmakers To Introduce 21 Bills Targeting Kids in Adult Corrections

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michigan lawmakers are expected to introduce 21 bills this week that address prison treatment and criminal justice practices for kids in...

The Tested Solution for Troubled Youth Which We Are Overlooking

Laura Goldman | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Laura Goldman

Instead of twiddling our thumbs waiting for Congress to act or continuously searching for the shiny new solution, maybe we should consider expanding a solution that has been around for a century.

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.

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Friday got involved with a federal lawsuit against a Kentucky school resource officer who was seen keeping a t...

Fusion Petitions White House To End Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Previews New Documentary

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Representatives of Koch Industries, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Democratic Party and a TV network were just a few making up ...

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.

17-Year-Olds Should Be Tried in Juvenile Courts

Tina Freiburger | Posted 09.24.2016 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

But when a 17-year-old commits a crime, is he or she considered a juvenile or an adult? The answer to that depends on the state in which the crime was committed. Increasingly, individual states are enacting laws that recognize 17-year-olds as juveniles, reversing laws that suggested they are adults.

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.

Teens Who Take Nude Photos Of Themselves Can Still Be Treated As Sex Offenders

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A teenage boy in North Carolina might have to register as a sex offender if he's convicted of keeping nude photos he took of himself on ...

Should Jamarion Lawhorn Be Tried as an Adult?

Kevin Sali | Posted 09.03.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

Trial is underway in Grand Rapids for Jamarion Lawhorn, the 13-year-old charged with fatally stabbing 9-year-old Conner Verkerke. Jamarion is being charged as an adult. Should he be?

An Ounce of Faith

Wendy Adamson | Posted 08.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Wendy Adamson

What happened to all my dreams, I wondered? What was wrong with me? Meanwhile Darlene and I weren't getting along. She was jealous and always trying to score points. Before I knew it, I was playing along. Left to our devices we could turn our 'bad childhoods' into some quid pro quo.

Court Decides Civil Rights Protections Don't Apply To Kids In Prison

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Inmates in the Michigan prison system who claim they were exposed to sexual violence, solitary confinement and brutal force as children ...

Wise Lessons in Servant-Leadership from Howard University's President

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, Howard University's president Dr. Wayne Frederick is carrying on the tradition of inspiring college leadership set by Dr. Johnson, by our beloved Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many civil rights activists in my generation.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls

Hannah Hussey | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Hannah Hussey

Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth who encounter the juvenile justice system are placed in facilities that fail to address past experiences of trauma or where they are at risk for sexual violence.