The latest comprehensive survey of the U.S. juvenile justice system paints a mixed picture of troubled youth even as the numbers of teens in the system continued a long decline.
The 244-page report includes data on arrests, commitment and detention up to 2010. It’s the first such report since 2006 by the NCJJ, the research arm of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Roper enshrined within the law that children are different from adults and the U.S. can do better by its children. And in its first 10 years, Roper has offered much to capital punishment foes and juvenile justice reformers, making it worthy of celebration for these reasons alone.
The limits of Roper’s utility have not yet been reached and children’s advocates should push further. They must continue efforts to have the Supreme Court absolutely abolish LWOP sentences for juvenile offenders.
Members of the former National Prison Rape Elimination Commission sent a letter earlier this month to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) expressing concern that the senator would propose an amendment to the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act.
LOS ANGELES — To restore the dignity of youth in our juvenile justice system, the Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is calling for an end to the punitive incarceration model and a fundamental transformation in how we treat youth.
“Government must focus on the needs of families, must be the protector of neighborhoods and must guard the people from the enormous power of monied interests. Now my friends, it can be done, but not by elected leaders alone. It requires average New Yorkers who simply refuse to allow their community’s voices to be stifled. It’s their spirit that I intend to sweep into City Hall. A spirit that shouts that all boroughs were created equal and that all our residents matter! So, let’s be honest about where we are today. This is a place that in too many ways has become a tale of two cities. …” — Bill de Blasio
Should a 15-year-old boy who twice had sex with his 13-year-old girlfriend, then sexted her nude photos of himself be prosecuted, spend 11½ months in juvenile detention and be placed on a juvenile sex offender registry?
That question lies at the heart of a case before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Continue Reading →
Something “is outta kilter” or smells to “high heaven,” so bad it would “knock a buzzard off a gut wagon.” It looks like Mr. Listenbee does have a serious problem at OJJDP — employees who don’t know “crap from apple butter.” Why do these union employees not see what the advocates and experts see? Continue Reading →
African-American youth overwhelmingly receive harsher treatment than white youth in the system at most stages of case processing. African-American youth make up an astounding 30 percent of those arrested while they only represent 17 percent of the overall youth population. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Long-overdue reauthorization of the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act will be the focus today for a federal committee that advises the Obama administration and congressional lawmakers on juvenile justice matters. Continue Reading →
We must stop kicking black and brown children out of school and arresting them. This is a national crisis but it is not treated as such. We spend more time thinking about how we are going to treat or change these young people once they’ve been kicked out of school and arrested rather than looking at pathological social conditions and policies, or at the disease of white supremacy. Continue Reading →
More than 1 million youths in America are gang members — more than triple the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a new study that shatters some long-held beliefs about gangs.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, refutes the notions that gang members are overwhelmingly black or Latino males and that once youths join a gang, they cannot leave.
Lead author David Pyrooz, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, said gang members come from all backgrounds. The study found about 40 percent are non-Hispanic white, Pyrooz said, with the remainder disproportionately black and Latino. Continue Reading →
A new cover story in The Christian Science Monitor explores how communities around the nation are exploring alternatives to incarceration for children caught up in the juvenile justice system. To further the conversation on this issue they will be hosting a conversation on Facebook today at noon EST. Continue Reading →