[Photos] Young, LGBTQ And Homeless

On a street called Juniper in Atlanta is a house growing more welcoming every day to LGBTQ teens looking for a safe and restful place.

This is a project of Lost-n-Found, a nonprofit with the aim of taking this vulnerable population off the streets and into housing, permanently. With a big boost from Atlanta’s Saint Mark United Methodist Church, the grand but decaying house at 768 will be ready… soon.

Why the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act Matters to Cities


Last week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2014. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) provides state and local government agencies with federal standards and supports for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Continue Reading →

Sentencing of NY Gang Members Unlikely to Be Last Chapter in Harlem

Police roundup of gang members

NEW YORK — Residents of the Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in west Harlem have been subjected to a deadly gang rivalry spanning generations. This past June, the New York Police Department unleashed a squad of more than 500 police officers to raid the housing complexes and make arrests.

Six months later, the alleged gang members – ages 15 to 30 – wait to receive their sentences Wednesday. The NYPD maintains that arresting more than 100 potentially violent criminals in one fell swoop was a triumph.

Family, friends and neighbors wonder if this is simply a stopgap solution. Continue Reading →

OP-ED: The Holidays Arrive Early for Juvenile Justice

Jill Ward and Liz Ryan

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In fact, there are two: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. And they've just delivered a big holiday present early this year to the juvenile justice field: the long-awaited update and reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Continue Reading →