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What’s the Meaning of “Life” When Sentencing Kids?

Say you’re a teenager who has committed a serious crime, and a judge is about to sentence you to prison for a very long time. How long a sentence would the judge have to hand down for it to feel essentially the same as being sent to prison…
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She Didn’t Know Her Autistic Son Could Be Tasered at School

Two years ago, at the start of the school year, Rosie Phillips got a call from her son’s school, asking her to come pick him up. When she arrived, she found him slumped on the hallway floor, sitting in a puddle of his own urine, with a Taser…
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Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Solitary Confinement for Florida Children in Juvenile Detention

More than 4,300 Florida children in juvenile detention centers spent time in solitary confinement over a 12-month period through June 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That is almost one in three of all children serving…
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Association of Parental Incarceration with Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults

This cohort study, using data from a community-representative, longitudinal study, found that parental incarceration was associated with young adults’ increased odds of having an anxiety disorder, having a felony charge, spending time in jail,…
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Prosecutors Drop Charge Against 10-Year-Old Boy Accused of Hitting Classmate in Face with Ball

Prosecutors in Michigan have decided to drop their charge against a 10-year-old boy who was accused of throwing a ball at another child's face during a game on a school playground. The 10-year-old boy, Bryce, was scheduled to appear in juvenile…
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Students of Color with Disabilities Are Being Pushed into the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Study Finds

Exclusionary discipline practices in K-12 schools—suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary actions that take a student away from the classroom—raise the chances that a student will repeat a grade, drop out or end up in the criminal justice…
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Solitary Confinement: Legal and Scientific Issues for Children and Young Adults

Scientific research continues to document the impact of solitary confinement on the developing brains of children and young adults. Such confinement can occasion irreversible, even fatal outcomes while producing no consistently positive effects…
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Juvenile Justice Guards Offered Bribes for Beatings, Witnesses Testify at ‘Honey-Bun’ Trial

Two witnesses to the attack that killed 17-year-old Elord Revolte at the Miami-Dade juvenile lockup in August 2015 testified that guards ordered beatdowns of kids in detention in exchange for snacks at the state-run detention facility. Diego…
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FREE Webinar: Solitary Confinement: Legal and Scientific Issues for Children and Young Adults

Scientific research continues to document the impact of solitary confinement on the developing brains of children and young adults. Such confinement can occasion irreversible, even fatal outcomes while producing no consistently positive effects…
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Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities

In 2016, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and Justice Policy Institute launched the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign. The…
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Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth

On June 11 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth. The webinar will include the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and…