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Juvenile 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.

Spate Of Elementary Student Arrests Alarm Justice Officials

The Orlando Sentinel | Lauren Roth and Leslie Postal | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

Janay Jelks loves singing, coloring and Dora the Explorer. She's 12 but has the mental age of a preschooler. She also has a felony rap sheet. Janay ...

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.

Survey Finds 11 Texas School Districts Spent $227 Million On Discipline, Security

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Officials in Texas spend $227 million annually on disciplinary problems and school security, according to a recent Texas Appleseed survey of 11 major ...

Florida Moves To Privately-Run Juvenile Jails

Posted 10.15.2012 | Miami

In an effort to reduce costs, Florida's state-run residential programs for juveniles will soon be completely privatized. The Florida Department of ...

A Teenager's View Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.22.2012 | Arts

There are approximately 70,700 imprisoned youth in the United States. This number is set against the backdrop of a jarring total of 2.3 million in...

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...

What's Our Goal, Anyway?

Jess Coleman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

One cannot help but ask when looking at our criminal justice system: What exactly is our goal, anyway? Is it to deter crime? Is it to rehabilitate?

Why did California reject new limits on solitary confinement for juveniles?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissiWatch NewsAt the first-ever congressional hearing on the subject of solitary confinement, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois recently obs...

Can You Keep a Secret?

Dawn Turner | Posted 07.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Dawn Turner

Our nation's youth, especially in California, need our voices, our advocacy, and our efforts. Let's find ways to invest and believe in our youth, and champion alternatives for reform of the juvenile justice system.

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.25.2012 | Los Angeles
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissiWatch NewsAs a national debate heats up over appropriate student discipline, new data from Los Angeles reveal that school police th...

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.

Colorado Takes A Second Look At Juvenile Justice

Posted 04.24.2012 | Denver

For juveniles, "direct file" is a phrase that means that in the eyes of the law you've become an adult overnight and may go to an adult prison. Ne...

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.

LISTEN: Why Are Mentally Ill Kids In Jail?

WBEZ | Produced by Out of the Shadows | Oct. 18, 2011 | Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago

Not all mentally ill children are violent but some of them are. And many of those kids wind up tangling with the law. Experts say it's hard to keep th...

What Every Reader Asks: 'What's It Got to Do With Me?'

David Chura | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
David Chura

When Marge introduced me, she was true to form. I winced as she laid out all her objections and doubts about the book in excruciating detail. "Oh boy, what kind of night is this going to be?" I thought.

Juvenile Delinquency: If We Fail Our Children, We Fail Our Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.09.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

While youth can do serious damage to others, it is easier to build a child than repair an adult, and that is why crime prevention should begin very early.

REACH to Invest in the Lives of America's Foster Youth

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Currently, there are about half a million children residing in foster care within the United States. There are approximately 300,000 young adults, ages 18 to 25, who have spent at least one year in foster care. This is reason for concern.

A Global History Lesson in Hope

David Chura | Posted 10.30.2011 | Education
David Chura

The world is pretty small when you're locked up, especially if you're a kid doing time with a healthy body that needs to move as you struggle with those nagging teenage questions, "Who am I?" "Why me?"

'We Are Breaking Our Faith With Victims If We Pass This Measure'

Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.26.2011 | San Francisco

On Friday, the state Assembly defeated Senator Leland Yee's SB9 — a controversial bill that would have offered some offenders a chance at eventual...

Is Suspension The First Step To Juvie?

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

A study released today shows results that one of its authors told Education Week should raise the question among state education leaders: "Is our stat...

Alex Wagner

New Hope For Juvenile Offenders? | Alex Wagner | Posted 06.28.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Public and private funds have flooded all manner of experimental education programs, from charter schools to Race to the Top initiatives. ...

Fulfilling Our Fundamental Obligation

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The time has come for us to honor our society's most fundamental obligation and to ensure the right of every child to be safe, treated with dignity, and to learn and to grow in the embrace of a family.