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I Sentenced a Teen to Die in Prison. I Regret It - The Washington Post

In this op-ed, retired Missouri circuit court judge Evelyn Baker expresses her regrets about sentencing a 16-year-old to 241 years in prison for armed robbery. Read more.   Photo by Mitchel Lensink on Unsplash.
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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development - National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the…
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GOP Congressman Confident Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act will Pass - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Congress is expected to pass Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act, which has not been reauthorized since 2002. Read more.
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Short Documentary Explores History—and Present—of the Juvenile Justice System - Color Lines

The Youth First Initiative has released a short documentary on the history of the juvenile justice system, which special emphasis on racial disparities that continue into the present. Read more.
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Abuse, Lies, Videotape: A Star Employee at Miami’s Juvenile Lockup Confesses to Misconduct - The Miami Herald

A detention officer at the Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center has been fired for admitting to falsifying records during polygraph testing. Read more.
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A Portrait of Disadvantage: Understanding Poverty's Influence on Child Development - PolicyLab

Last week, PolicyLab released  its newest report, A Portrait of Disadvantage: Understanding Poverty's Influence on Child Development. It has long been understood that children living in poverty experience poor health outcomes as a result…
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Handcuffs and a Psych Exam for a 7-Year-Old? Schools Do That Too Often, Parents Say - The Miami Herald

Some parents have expressed concern that Florida schools are using the Baker Act too frequently. Many children who are Baker Acted do not meet the criteria for involuntary psychological evaluation. Read more.
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Expert Calls for Expanded Use of Restorative Justice in Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union

This month, State Attorney Melissa Nelson's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee held an event featuring two speakers: Lauren Abramson, a biopsychologist and founder of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, and Ellis Curry, who was…
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Suspensions Are Not Support: The Disciplining of Preschoolers With Disabilities - Center for American Progress

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) has found that children with disabilities are more likely to be suspended or expelled from preschool. CAP outlines its findings as follows: Children with behavioral problems are 43…
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Adulthood Now Begins at Age 24, Say Scientists - Yahoo

A new article in Child & Adolescent Health argues that adolescence lasts through age 24. Read more.   Photo by Matthew Gerrard on Unsplash.
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Senate Criminal Justice Committee Passes SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting children younger than 14 from being prosecuted as adults for…
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Severe Bullying in Childhood May Hike Teen Mental Health Risk - PsychCentral

A new study has found that children who were severally bullied are at a higher risk of mental health issues during adolescence. Read more.
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YES on SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 936! On Monday, January 22, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting…
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Register to Attend Blueprints Conference for Healthy Youth Development

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2018 Blueprints Conference on April 30 to May 2, 2018, in Denver, CO. The conference will focus on evidence-based programs that promote positive…
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Intersection: How Civil Citations Bring Juvenile Arrest Rates Down

In this segment of Intersection, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten of the Ninth Judicial Circuit discusses the effectiveness of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Read more and listen.