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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.
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Nourish Their Bodies, Feed Their Minds, Reduce Youth Crime - The Chronicle for Social Change

An interesting link between juveniles and aggressive behavior has been uncovered, and while it seems like it would be easy to fix, it's harder than it looks. Studies have found that poor nutritional choices can lead to the externalization of…
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Raise the Age

By Sarah Krantz, Esq.   According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as adults each year in the United States.[1] While charging youths under the age of 18 may seem counterintuitive,…
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Rock and a Hard Place Premiere on HBO

Under certain circumstances, judges in Miami-Dade County may give a person found guilty of a crime the choice of either attending a diversionary program, such as boot camp, or going to prison. To be eligible for the boot camp program, an individual…
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REVIEW: Young & Arrested

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. Last week, WMFE’s Renata Sago premiered Young & Arrested, her five-part series on Orange County’s high rate of juvenile arrests. The series’ five stories are told through the eyes of three African-American…
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Opinion: Focus on Smart Justice Reforms - The Panama City News Herald

Adjusted for population, Florida has the fifth highest violent crime rate in the United States. Currently, Florida's corrections budget is $214 million; that does not include money spent on the juvenile justice system. Currently, there are several…