Under a bill pending in Congress states would be forbidden to lock up juveniles who violate a court order by committing a status offense like truancy, running away from home or failing to abide by a curfew.
“I think if most of America understood what a status offense was and if they realized that some children are being incarcerated over status offenses, they would be first of all, surprised and secondly, they would not agree that that is a proper way of handling … a status offense,” Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), who introduced the measure, told JJIE.
At 16, Matilyn Sarosi of Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote a 23-page amicus brief for the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of three people who received sentences of mandatory life without parole as juveniles. Continue Reading →
JJIE takes an inside look at the often inscrutable OJJDP grant distribution process. Using OJJDP data, JJIE created a searchable database detailing where each of the 2,721 grants went that were awarded between 2009 and 2013. Continue Reading →