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Juvenile Justice

Will Mike Huckabee's Forgiveness of Joshua Duggar Extend to Other Youthful Offenders?

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Steve Drizin

Will Mr. Huckabee's recognition that "being a minor means that one's judgment is not mature" lead him to oppose prosecuting juveniles as adults, housing them in adult jails and prisons, or sentencing them to mandatory prison sentences?

Red Noses for Kids: The Fight to End Childhood America

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

It's easy to forget that childhood poverty is a devastating reality in the United States. A few years ago, in a New Yorker article entitled "Spoiled Rotten," Elizabeth Kolbert wrote: "contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world." Evidence of that claim is all around us.

A ‘More Hawaiian' Way To Deal With Delinquent Kids

Civil Beat | Jessica Terrell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

Angry. Frightened. Sad. When teenagers are marched in handcuffs through a discreet back entrance at the Susannah Wesley Community Center in Kalihi ...

Christina Wilkie

A Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Prison Has A New Lease On Life, Thanks To Conservatives | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill in Congress aimed at preventing crime by keeping at-risk youth out of the prison system could get a major boost this year from an...

Interrupting the Cycle of Juvenile Delinquency

Jacquelyn McCroskey | Posted 05.04.2016 | Los Angeles
Jacquelyn McCroskey

As the system is currently structured, the majority are ordered "home on probation," which involves regular visits with a probation officer while a youth either lives at home or in a court-ordered "suitable placement" with a relative or in a group home. But are these probation programs working?

Young People of Color Are Assets We Need to Invest In

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.01.2016 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Why does it take another senseless death, and the rage and unrest that ensues, for our nation to pay attention to the problems faced by low-income communities and the young men and women of color who live in these areas?

Time to Put Truth and Common Sense Back Into Sentencing of Youthful Offenders

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Twenty years ago, however, there was a different "truth" about youthful offenders. That "truth" was that the United States was on the brink of a crime wave committed by juvenile "superpredators."

Angel Enters Foster Care Through Probation's Door

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

In the foster care system, it has long been recognized that to cut all aid at age 18 was to invite poor outcomes with disproportionately high numbers of foster youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration and diminished educational opportunity.

Are Adult Decisions Harming Kids in Juvenile Justice?

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

Many, if not most, young people will occasionally go beyond simple mischief and do things that are against the law. Some will cross lines that bring them into contact with law enforcement.

Juvenile Justice in America: We Can Do Better

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Today the United States is an international outlier in the severity of its juvenile sentencing practices.

Locking Up Traumatized Girls Is No Way to Help Them

Francine Sherman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Francine Sherman

Every day our juvenile justice system locks up girls who are victims of sexual violence, and physical and emotional abuse. In fact, we often incarcerate victimized girls in a misguided effort to provide them with services and to "protect" them.

Time for Justice for Children in New York

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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.

The Slender Man Stabbings: Is Everything About the Suspects Based on Fiction?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Twelve-year-old girls are not adults. They are children. But, somehow, with a stroke of a pen, two pre-pubescent tweens -- who can't vote, drive, or serve in the military -- have been transformed into adults for purposes of criminal punishment. But those adults don't exist. Anywhere. Except on paper in a courtroom.

Christina Wilkie

Texas Is Doing Something Genuinely Progressive And The World Didn't End | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as...

What Resilient Latino Youth Are Teaching Us About Adversity

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.12.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

In a new report, Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words, Dr. Patricia Foxen, Deputy Director of Research at NCLR, takes a closer look at the concept of "resilience" through the bicultural lens of second-generation Latinos who have achieved success in the face of extreme adversity.

An Introduction to the Guardian Ad Litem

Brad Reid | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Brad Reid

A guardian ad litem ("for the lawsuit") is appointed in accordance with state law to represent the best interests of a child, or an incompetent adult, in legal matters generally.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

An Anniversary of Our Evolving Standards of Decency

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
Diann Rust-Tierney

More often than I would like, I have used this space to decry our shortcomings because we retain and still use capital punishment. This past Sunday, however, marked the 10th anniversary of a high point in our shared history.

Kamala Harris' Bureau of Children's Justice Takes Shape

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

On Feb. 12, California Attorney General Kamala Harris held a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the creation of a "Bureau of Children's Justice" with goals ranging from reducing truancy and combatting "childhood trauma" to improving the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Prosecutors Should Support Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Preston Shipp | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Preston Shipp

For a prosecutor with a heavy caseload who already works long hours, it is asking a lot to expect her to keep a critical eye on the workings of the criminal justice system, to never accept the status quo, and to seek to improve the system whenever an inadequacy is perceived.

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

Marsha Levick | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

Juvenile-Justice Reform: What Are We Waiting For?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.12.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

We have a widely recognized national problem and the rarest of commodities in Washington: broad, bipartisan support for reform. The time to act is now.

Healing the Criminal Justice System

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

What we're doing isn't working, justice-wise, order-wise, sanity-wise. The state of Illinois is bankrupt and yet its jails are full to bursting, at a cost, per occupant, equal to or greater than the cost of luxury suites at its ritziest hotels.

Imagining a President Who Speaks 'Truth to Power' on Juvenile Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Steve Drizin

It's time for the president to be decisive on another issue that not only has support among his base but also among an increasingly vocal minority of conservative and libertarian Republicans. It is time for the president to speak out about "mass incarceration."