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Juvenile Offenders

School to Prison Pipeline: Reading Abilities Matter

Franchesca Warren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

If we see that students are continually failing, what good do grades do to that student? All they see is failure. Shouldn't we go to a skills-based report that identifies the real issues the students have, not how many points they need to pass?

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.

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

How Should Young Adults Be Punished for Their Crimes?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

There is a third period in the maturation process where people are no longer children, but not yet adults. A three-tiered justice system, including a system for 18 to 25 year-olds, could improve the futures of youth who have committed crimes and enhance public safety as well.

The Harm We Do: Kids in Solitary Confinement

David Chura | Posted 11.07.2012 | Crime
David Chura

When most Americans hear the familiar constitutional phrase "cruel and unusual punishment" they can tell you what it means, at least to them. Putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement is high on my list of "cruel and unusual punishment."

The Conviction Is Edge-of-the-Seat Reading Entertainment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Robert Dugoni has written an edge-of-your-seat thriller in The Conviction. This novel has a plot that grabs readers from the first few pages and holds them by the throat until the final problems have been solved or unraveled.

Government Should Restore Fidelity in the Juvenile Justice System

Bonnie Saltzman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Denver
Bonnie Saltzman

The time has come for juvenile direct file reform in Colorado. Brain research has come a long way since 1993, and we are so close to using this evidence and research to guide our juvenile justice system.

Justice for All: Reforming Colorado's Juvenile Direct File Provision

Kim Dvorchak | Posted 05.26.2012 | Denver
Kim Dvorchak

House Bill 1271 improves the system of selecting youth for adult prosecution by providing youth due process; the right to a hearing and judicial review over the decision to remove them from juvenile court.

Is It Just Another Tuesday?

Sonja Sohn | Posted 05.20.2012 | Crime
Sonja Sohn

Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.

Good News For State's Juvenile Offenders

| Posted 04.11.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery County governments have invested nearly a half-billion dollars over...

First the Good News: At-risk Kids (May) Get Some Justice

David Chura | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education
David Chura

Let the good news roll -- the reports, the endorsements, the calls to action -- but let's do something about the harsh, demeaning, counter-intuitive prison conditions we force young people to live in while insisting that they grow and change.

Addicted to Incarceration

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

A sharp divide in the recent Supreme Court ruling ordering California to drastically reduce its prison population represents a deeper national division.