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Juvenile Crime

A "Coloring Book" Standard for the Care of Children in Adult Jails?

Marsha Levick | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

Coloring books have no place in prison, unless in the hands of an incarcerated parent drawing with their child who has come to visit. To give a coloring book to a child inmate is a disturbing, not playful, image.

Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

Dan Cardinali | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

What the Slender Man Case Reveals About the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

Tina Freiburger | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.

Teen Stabbed After Pizza Party Gets Out Of Control

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime

An Australian teen was hospitalized following a brawl at a 14-year-old's pizza party over the weekend. Police said that a 17-year-old boy was repe...

The 'Superpredator' Scare Revisited

Steve Drizin | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...