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Youth First Releases its Youth Justice Toolkit

Youth First release its 2017 edition of Your Vote is Your Voice, a toolkit designed to provide information on how to engage in the political process in order to advocate for youth justice. Read more.
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The Juvenile Sex Offender Registry and Its Unintended Consequences

By Sarah Krantz, Esq.   Mistakes that children make can have lasting consequences if the mistake is looked at in the eyes of the law as a sexual act. Children that have pulled down another child’s pants or sent nude pictures or…
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New Juvenile Justice Website Launched by Advocates

This week, Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System was officially launched. The website was developed by the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE), a national collaboration of the…
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We Need an Intersectional Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Juvenile justice reformers are seeking to find out why racial and ethnic minorities are over-represented in the juvenile justice system—a phenomenon known as disproportionate minority contact (DMC). However, reformers are also paying more…
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The Effects of Solitary Confinement on Children: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Perkins, Duane. "Sweat box" used for solitary confinement at the Florida State Prison - Raiford, Florida. 1957 or 1958. Black & white photoprint, 10 x 8 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/29042>,…
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The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarcerated - Smithsonian Magazine

An estimated 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent behind bars. Read more.
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The Survivors of Youth Violence are Hurting, Too - The Miami Herald

In this op-ed, Frank J. Zenere, Chair of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Crisis Management Program, discusses the traumatic effect of violence on youths in Miami-Dade County. Read more.
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Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls

Earlier this month, the Vera Institute of Justice hosted a seminar titled "Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls," with a focus on family violence. Read more.
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A Look Back at the Juvenile Justice System Before There Was Gault - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark  decision In re Gault, in which U.S. Supreme Court held that juvenile defendants in a delinquency proceeding are entitled to certain due process rights. But what were juvenile delinquency…
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50th Anniversary of In re Gault

Last week, the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and the League of Women Voters of Orange County celebrated the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Gault. The program began with Gault:…
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Can Children and Adolescents Really Suffer from a Mental Illness?

By Sophia F. Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW   It surprised many when Paula Caplan, a clinical and research psychologist wrote in The Washington Post that about half of all Americans can expect to get a psychiatric diagnosis in their lifetime…
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50th Anniversary Celebration of In re Gault - May 12, 2017

On Friday, May 12, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Public Defender and the League of Women Voters are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, In re Gault, which first recognized a number of constitutional rights for…
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Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. Although juvenile justice reform has brought about many positive changes in the last few years, there is still room for improvement. One of the major issue that continues to plague the system today is the rate of sexual…
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Inside Look at Kids Behind Bars in America - The Daily News

This photo gallery provides a look inside juvenile detention centers around the country. Read more.
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Head of Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Sounds Alarm for Reformers - Juvenile Justice Information Center

Last week, the director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Strategy Group warned of slowing progress on reform. Read more.