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Youth Crime

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

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.

When the Justice System Fails

Peak Johnson | Posted 11.29.2012 | Crime
Peak Johnson

For young black men in Philadelphia, sometimes just walking down the street is all it takes to earn a two-month stint in jail.

United We Stand, Opportunity Divided We Fall

Dominique Jones | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
Dominique Jones

What social elements created such a large group of talented young people who are so far from attaining the vision that they see for their lives? To me we are divided by the absence of three things: Empathy, Expectation, and Excellence.

A Rupture In The Youth Pipeline To Prison

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Jacqueline Caster

It's time America finally bucks the influence of those who financially benefit from an expanded prison industry as well as the "tough on crime" contingency and invest serious dollars in a "diversion track" to perfectly parallel the juvenile justice system of incarceration.

Watching Lives Crash In Slow-motion: A Pediatrician's Perspective On Youth Arrests

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

By age 23, 1 in 3 youth in the U.S. has been arrested for a non-traffic offense. To those who say that we can't afford to spend money on this now, or that government should stay out of people's lives, I say this: You can't escape 1 in 3.

Are Town Curfews A Good Thing?

Posted 12.04.2011 | Home

Teens in Oakland, California who stay out too late may be headed for trouble not just with their parents, but also the police. As a response to rising...

Four Youths Allegedly Attacked, Tried To Rob Bicyclist

Posted 11.01.2011 | Chicago

A group of four boys have been charged with attacking and attempting to rob a male bicyclist riding along a bike path along Lake Shore Drive on the ci...

Lizzie Schiffman

New Juvenile Justice Law Aims To Keep Young Offenders Out Of Prison | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Chicago

Legislation signed Monday will require juvenile court judges to review additional factors before issuing sentences in Illinois, in the hopes sending f...

Will A Stricter Curfew Help Reduce Crime?

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council approved, without debate, a more strict citywide curfew for children 12 years of age or younger Thursday. Unsupervised min...

WATCH: Teenage Flash Robberies Take Retailers By Storm

Posted 08.20.2011 | Crime

Security cameras and the light of day are no match for these scheming teenagers. In a blend of mischief, strength in numbers and social media, so-c...

A Promise for Our Children

Carol Chodroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

The Youth PROMISE Act Rejects "one size fits all" approaches that will funnel more youth -- particularly poor youth and youth of color -- into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Stick Up: Knife-Wielding First-Grader Robs Classmate In Bathroom

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Macollvie Jean-François | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A knife-wielding 7-year-old first-grader robbed a 6-year-old classmate of one dollar, in a school bathroom, authorities said today. The schoolhouse s...