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Juvenile Justice News

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.

Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th‘ Inspired Michael K. Williams to Tackle Juvenile Justice Problem in HBO’s ‘Raised in the System’

Actor Michael K. Williams grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a neighborhood plagued with crime and excess incarceration, but it wasn’t until he watched Ava DuVernay’s “13th” documentary that he recognized a need for juvenile justice reform.

“Not knowingly, that was the beginning of the seed planting for what I’m standing on now,” Williams told Variety at the Season 6 premiere of “Vice on HBO” at the Whitby Hotel in New York City on Tuesday. “It was a rude awakening.”

Now, Williams is bringing awareness to the nation’s mass incarceration crisis through “Raised in the System,” the first installment of a 35-episode season set to tackle political and cultural issues around the world. 

AZ Bill Would Prevent Teens from Being Tried as Adults in Court

bill awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey's signature would give courts more time to try youth offenders as juveniles. 

Advocates say this would be an important step to ensure that young people receive age-appropriate treatment in Arizona's criminal justice system. 

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. 

Bryan Stevenson’s Message to Youth Workers: Change Narrative for Kids

At the end of April, Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Institute opened a striking museum and a memorial to 4,400 victims of lynching in the United States. 

Barely a week later, the death row lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient flew to California to kick off an after-school conference.

What do the two events have in common?

Being "proximate" to marginalized children "is how we begin to change the world," he told hundreds of people who work in after-school programs.

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.

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