logobyline

twitter   facebook   cfyj donate   amazon smile instagramlogo

Juvenile Justice News

ARKANSAS: Skipping no crime

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., alone stands in the way of an opportunity for our country to stop the socially and financially costly practice of incarcerating children for skipping school and running away from home. These behaviors, known as status offenses, are petitioned as a Family in Need of Services case in Arkansas and are illegal only because the youth has not yet reached 18. 

Attorney Jeree Thomas joins the Campaign for Youth Justice

Jeree Thomas has joined the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington, DC as the organization’s new policy director. As policy director Thomas will manage the organization’s policy development, conduct policy analysis, and provide support to the campaign’s partners at the state level. 

Attorney says Michigan isn't doing enough to protect teens in prison (Michigan Radio)

If you are a 17-year-old and you break a law here in Michigan, you’re going to be tried as an adult. Michigan is one of nine states that tries 17-year-olds as adults. And virtually every state allows prosecutors or judges to pursue sentencing of a 17-year-old as an adult in specific cases.Once these teens are in the adult prison population, they face the distinct prospect of being raped. The horrible stories of teens being sexually assaulted led Congress to pass a law called the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Author, Activist Dwayne Betts to Speak About Social Justice at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Reginald Dwayne Betts knows how hard it is to overcome the odds. They keynote speaker for the La Crosse Reads program participated in a carjacking at age 16 and landed a nine-year prison sentence.

Bill Allowing Officials To Visit Florida's Juvenile Justice Facilities Heads To House Floor

A bill allowing certain Florida officials to make announced and unannounced visits to the state’s juvenile justice facilities is now heading to the House floor.

Bill designed to reduce juvenile population in adult jails gets first-round approval from Mo. Senate

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a bill that raises the age to be tried as an adult from 17 to 18.

Bill to 'Raise the Age' of juvenile crime to 18 nears final step on legislative trail

Seventeen-year-olds arrested for nonviolent crimes would be tried and imprisoned under the juvenile justice system under a measure that moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Senate Bill 324 would reduce crime and save the state money by raising the legal definition of a delinquent from 17 to 18, supporters told the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice, which approved the measure without objection. SB324, which already has won Senate passage, now goes to the full House. It is one of the legislative priorities of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Bill to Raise the Age heads to governor

A bill that aims to raise the age of prosecuting an individual as an adult is headed to the governor's desk for signature. SB 324, proposed by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, on Sunday passed through the Senate by a vote of 33-4. The bill passed through the House June 2 with a vote of 97-3, which sent it back to the Senate for concurrence. 

Black Girls Are 7 Times More Likely To Be Suspended Than White Girls: Report

A new report is further confirming the racial biases black girls face in school when it comes to being disciplined. 

Black Kids Are 5 Times Likelier Than White Kids to Be Locked Up

Since 2001, the number of kids in detention has dropped by more than half across the country—a seemingly decisive victory for juvenile-justice reformers. But digging into the numbers reveals a much bleaker picture. 

Black Youth Are Disproportionately Sentenced to Juvenile Life Without Parole

America is the only country in the world that allows life sentences without the possibility of parole for people under the age of 18.

BOP and Private Prisons: Minor Implications for Juvenile Justice (for Now)

When President Obama announced in August that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) would move away from contracting with for-profit correctional companies, Youth Services Insider speculated that the actual prospect of that was entirely contingent on the next president.

Break, Don’t Remake, the Youth Prison Mold

Once is an incident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern. The old saying doesn’t give a new label to a fourth or fourteenth occurrence. A pattern is a pattern, and it will repeat itself until it is extinguished. In juvenile justice, the pattern is reprehensible. 

Bronx Freedom Fund Wants to Bail Out Young People Before School Starts

 For many teenagers, going back to school means sharp pencils, fresh sneakers, and a stylish new backpack, but for the ones imprisoned on Rikers Island, it represents something they don't currently have: freedom. 

Budget Deal to End Adult Prosecution of North Carolina Teens

North Carolina appears ready to give up being one of the only states that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for crimes.

<<  1 2 [34 5 6 7  >>