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Juvenile Justice System

Pepper Spraying Youth in Custody at Juvenile Detention Centers Is Incredibly Harmful

Sue Burrell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Sue Burrell

Incarcerated youth are teenagers, and may exhibit the same impulsivity, moodiness and oppositional behavior known to parents everywhere. The idea that these challenges require the routine use of pepper spray is mistaken and harmful.

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

Ming Holden | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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.

Going to Juvie

Caitlin Rother | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Caitlin Rother

The teenage girls could barely hear me over the screaming roar of the motorized plumbing snake that the county workers insisted they needed to run through the classroom as I was trying to speak to a class at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

These States Automatically Put Teens On Trial As Adults

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

Keeping youth offenders in adult prisons increases their risk of suicide, sexual assault and returning to prison, and is the result of "antiquated law...

Reversing the Criminalization of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

Angela Irvine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Angela Irvine

Now is the time for the federal government to act.

Rebecca Klein

The Education Being Provided To This Group Of Students Is Absolutely 'Inadequate,' Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

The education provided to young inmates in the juvenile justice system is grossly inadequate and generally ineffective, according to a report released...

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan Ferriss March 26, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit,...

Kim Bellware

Here's Why It's 'Counterproductive' To Put Juveniles On The Sex Offender Registry

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders can hinder rehabilitation efforts and have significant, long-term negative consequences fo...

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.

A Childhood Behind Bars

Jamira Burley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jamira Burley

The most alarming of all of the youth juvenile statistics is the fact that charging children as adults doesn't reduce crime -- So why do we do it?

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.

Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative Advances Government, Private Sector, and Philanthropic Investment in Human Capital

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Can you do good and do well? This is the driving question for impact investors - those who want their dollars to both provide a reasonable return on ...

Juvenile Incarceration and the Creeping Corporatization of America

Ed Hamilton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Ed Hamilton

Corporations such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, and Boeing are cleaning up on drone warfare. On the other hand, I guess we wouldn't have Edward Snowdon if the N.S.A. hadn't farmed out data collection to private contractors such as his employer, Booz Allen Hamilton.

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.

Spawning Activism Through Art

Julien Robson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julien Robson

Institutional detention, however, does not solve the fundamental problems causing delinquency, and no matter how hard we try to provide care for youth in detention, we will not change their lives until we provide early support for them in their communities.

Rationing Justice: Closing LA 'Gang Court' Sets Up Vicious Spiral

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

For young people in South Los Angeles, the only "miracle" in California's budget will be if they get a fair day in court.

Black Oakland Youth Arrested, But Not Charged, In Stunning Numbers, Report Says

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
The Center for Public Integrity

African-American youth in Oakland, Calif. are arrested -- but then not charged -- at "vastly disproportionate" rates compared to others, which raises troubling questions about police interactions with some of the city's most vulnerable young people.

Making A Comeback For Kids

Sarah Bryer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Sarah Bryer

In state legislatures across the country, an undercurrent of reform driven by youth advocates and policymakers of both parties has inspired a sea change within juvenile justice systems nationwide. This is dramatically reversing a troubling trend in youth incarceration, while also benefiting kids, saving taxpayer money and keeping communities safe.

Preservational Leadership

Andrew Longhi | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Longhi

Just as Sen. Portman can center his understanding of LGBT equality only on an issue that will affect his son, self-appointed LGBT leaders enjoy a special, institutional legitimacy without feeling the urge to set goals that meet the needs of all their constituents.

Chelsea Kiene

Homeless Teens Dealt New Blow

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A longtime provider of runaway and homeless youth services for D.C. teens is calling out the District for falling short of its commitmen...

How We Can Keep Children Out Of Adult Jails

Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact

By Liz Ryan, TakePart Jonathan McClard was 16 years old when he was arrested and convicted as an adult for a shooting at a Jackson, Missouri, carwa...

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.

Youth Issues and Youth Involvement: A Glaring Gap in the LGBT Movement

Andrew Longhi | Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Longhi

LGBT advocacy organizations and, as a result, the media, regularly convey issues facing LGBT youth through individual stories. In actuality, LGBT youth face social stigma far beyond their school environments and police harassment.

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rob Schware | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.