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A Boy Among Men: What Happens When You Throw a Teenager into an Adult Prison? Guess.

Three years ago, the young man who would later be known as John Doe 1 shuffled into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. The town of 11,000 residents, which sits in the remote center of the state, houses five prisons,…
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Study: Teens Stressed Over Discrimination Show Increased Behavioral Problems - My LA News

Teens who are worried that discrimination is on the rise show increased behavioral problems, including substance abuse and depression, according to a study released Monday by the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Read more.
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New Report Says Florida Prosecutes More Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System Than Any Other State

According to a new study that looks at how many American teenagers are serving time in in adult jails, a full 60 percent of the youths serving life without parole sentences for a non-homicidal crime are from Florida. That’s the most of…
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What Happens When Schoolchildren Live in Violent Neighborhoods? The Effects are Broader than Previously Known, a Study Finds - The Washington Post

Researchers have shown — and teachers know — that schoolchildren exposed to neighborhood violence can have a tougher time learning, experiencing more stress and depression than their peers growing up in safe neighborhoods. But a Johns…
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Officer at Bradenton Juvenile Lockup Resigns After She Slapped Boy. Video Captured the Scene - The Bradenton Herald

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Florida Law Requiring Students to Inform School Districts on Mental Health History is Problematic - The Orlando Sentinel

Has student ever been referred to mental health services? This is quite possibly the most loaded question any parent has been forced to answer on a school registration form. It’s also the most loaded question school districts have been…
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At Risk Youth - Protective Factors and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - August 9-10

Protective factors are those elements of a young person's life that protect them against future criminal behavior. Learn how traditional Native American values and teachings can be used in a flexible curriculum to help young people stop engaging…
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New Virginia Law Mandates Mental Health Education in Public Schools - NPR

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Creigh Deeds (D- Va.), one of the sponsors of the new state law requiring mental health education in schools. Read more.
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Science Shows Just How Traumatizing It is to Separate Kids from Parents at the US-Mexico Border - Quartz

Mental health professionals worry about the potential consequences of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) policy of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border. Read more.
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The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma - The New Yorker

In this piece, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz reveals his struggles with childhood trauma and sexual violence. Read more.
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Schools Could Have Done More for Shooter Nikolas Cruz, Experts Say - The Orlando Sentinel

Some special education experts have criticized Broward County Public Schools' failure to adequately treat Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people during a school shooting in Parkland. Read more.