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U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained or Secluded, Watchdog Says

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately…
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Young People Who Can't Pay Court Fees Are Getting Trapped in the Criminal Justice System

Children across the country aren’t able to leave the juvenile criminal justice system when administrative fines and fees pile up. A new bill in Congress would end this. Read more.
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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,…

DOJ Juvenile Justice Unit Faces Big Staff Cuts - The Crime Report

The Trump administration's planned cuts to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely impact the department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Read more.
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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline - The New York Times

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on school disciplinary policies nationwide. The GAO found that African-American students are being punished disproportionately compared to Caucasian students. Read more.
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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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Free Webinar: Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness - Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00-5:00 pm ET

Two important pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act”…
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YES on the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017

A number of juvenile advocacy organizations have endorsed the introduction of two new bills in Congress. According to the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)—S. 1795 was…
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Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children - NPR

The Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is set to expire at the end of September unless Congress passes legislation reauthorizing it. Research has shown that home visiting programs…
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Briefing: Ending Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities - August 2, 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, the Juvenile Law Center will be livestreaming a Congressional briefing on its latest report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The video can be seen on JLC's Facebook page.
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Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Back in The House - The Chronicle of Social Change

Last week, a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would reauthorize the structure of JJDPA, reorganize the Title V incentive grant system,…