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Juvenile Crime

The 'Superpredator' Scare Revisited

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

In the mid-nineties, the "superpredator" myth was premised on junk science and inaccurate predictions based on demographics that forecasted an increase in violence by urban teenagers who were "fatherless, Godless, and jobless."

The Solitary Confinement of Children: Child Abuse by Any Other Name

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Marsha Levick

Use of solitary confinement on a child is nothing short of government-sanctioned child abuse. We need to end the practice now.

Private Prisons and the Creation of a Permanent Under Class

Julia Meszaros | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime
Julia Meszaros

Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.

Give Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography, But Also Recognize All Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation

Cynthia Godsoe | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Cynthia Godsoe

A significant group of child victims remains unrecognized as such -- children in the commercial sex industry.

Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform

Angela Caputo | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

The practice of holding minors in adult lockups as their cases drag through the courts is nothing new. We've been doing it for more than a century in Illinois, but not in the numbers that we've seen since ramping up the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s.

Reducing Over-Incarceration Isn't Just a Grown-up Problem

Steve Drizin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The next step is to bring the U.S. in line with a series of recent Supreme Court decisions that recognize juvenile offenders as being immature, impulsive, and highly susceptible to peer pressure, and therefore less culpable than adult offenders. Unfortunately, most states still punish youth without regard to these findings.

Forgiving the Man Who Killed My 3-Year-Old Son

Sharletta C. Evans | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Sharletta C. Evans

This Mother's Day, I will go to church and spend time with my mother and my son, Calvin. Calvin and I will reflect on the fun times he had my other son, Casson Xavier "Biscuit" Evans, who was killed in a drive-by shooting when he was only 3 years old.

Performance Incentive Funding Can End Juvenile Mass Incarceration, Too

Gabriel Daniel Solis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Gabriel Daniel Solis

Although the decline in juvenile incarceration is encouraging to advocates, there is still little reason to celebrate. The criminalization of youth behavior and the school-to-prison pipeline continue to feed young people into the criminal justice system.

A Kids' Jail That Isn't Just About Locking Them Up

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.02.2013 | Crime
Pat LaMarche

Flagstaff, Arizona area McKinney-Vento homeless liaison, Stephanie Sivak, says that more than 500 kids in her district are homeless. And that means that they, "don't have a fixed regular night time residence."

Boys, Aged 7 And 11, Accused Of Attempted Robbery

AP | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday. The boys tried to carjack a 22...

Second City Ranks First in Teen Arrests

Angela Caputo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Illinois is one of 10 states where 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult lockup, court and, in many cases, prison on felony crimes. Chicago police have arrested more 17-year-olds than their counterparts in any other big city in the country.

Below the Election Radar: A Cure for African-American Juvenile Delinquency

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

There are plenty of experts, think tanks and non-profits trying to figure out juvenile deliquency among African-Americans, but they're dealing with the symptoms, not the disease.

Solitary Confinement Makes Youths 'Go Crazy'

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK — State governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure,...

David Lohr

Police Seek Pint-Size Robbery Suspect | David Lohr | Posted 09.17.2012 | Crime

Authorities in Washington, D.C. are seeking the public's help in locating a baby-faced robbery suspect. According to the Metropolitan Police Depart...

The Presidential Candidate Scorecard on Children's Issues

Michael Piraino | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The two presidential candidates mentioned children 30 times in their acceptance speeches. For the most part, it was simple hopeful rhetoric.

Teen Terrors: Woman Allegedly Attacked By Underage Neighbors For Being Gay

AP | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Three children from the same family are in juvenile custody after allegedly attacking a Missouri woman, and the victim believes...

Kids Shouldn't Face Dying in Prison

Jason Baldwin | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Jason Baldwin

In 1994, I was sentenced to juvenile life without parole for a crime I did not commit. Had my life not changed last year, I would have died there. I don't want my country to tell any child that he or she is irredeemable.

12-Year-Old Boy Charged With Killing 2-Year-Old Foster Child

AP | Posted 09.04.2012 | DC

PALMER PARK, Md. — Police say a 12-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a 2-year-old foster child liv...

'Go-Kart Bandit': Teen Allegedly Burglarizes Nearly 100 Homes

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Weird News

A 14-year-old Tennessee boy was arrested Friday in connection with about 100 break-ins in the Nashville area -- armed with a knife, some gloves and a ...

14-year-old Who Shot Mother To Be Tried As Adult

AP | Posted 03.09.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- A 14-year-old Detroit boy will stand trial as an adult in the shooting death of his 36-year-old mother. A 36th District Court judge determ...

11-Year-Old Arsonist Tries To Burn Down Kohl's -- Twice

Posted 03.21.2012 | Miami

This season's Jennifer Lopez Collection must really be terrible: an 11-year-old South Florida boy has been charged with setting fire inside a Kohl's d...

10-Year-Old Boys Charged With Sexual Assault On School Bus, Could Get 40 Years

AP | By JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

HOUSTON -- Houston police say two 10-year-old boys have been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy on a school bus. The boys were arrest...

Radley Balko

School Police Have Uncertain Impact On Student Arrests, Crime Prevention | Radley Balko | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

A headline-generating study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, suggests that approximately one in three Americans is arrested before age ...

Boy To Officer He Stabbed: 'You Are A Hero Even To Me'

Posted 12.04.2011 | Crime

Back in April, Florida middle school student Kenny Stoltman brought 11 bottles of gasoline and a knife to school, which he used to repeatedly stab a r...

The Record Behind Teen In High School Bombing Plot

AP | MITCH STACY and TAMARA LUSH | Posted 10.18.2011 | Education

TAMPA, Fla. — A year and a half before he was accused of plotting to bomb his high school, a shirtless and shoeless Jared Cano confronted police...