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Safe Housing for Youth, Other Factors Key to Beating Addiction


One of the biggest holes in the net of services to treat teens with addictions lies not in what happens during residential treatment, but in what happens after youth leave a facility, a leading expert told a group at the Neuroscience, Treatment and Young Adults conference at Kennesaw State University Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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In the Churchyard, Crosses and Memories of Fallen Children

Reverend Varghese stands by the crosses, with t-shirts representing children under 11 who were injured or killed by guns since Easter last year.

NEW YORK — At St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in Manhattan, somewhere between 60 to 70 bamboo crosses with t-shirts hanging off of them decorated the yard during this year’s Holy Week.

They were small, only about knee high, but it makes sense for them to be so short. The crosses represented a child under 11 who was injured or killed by guns since Easter last year. Continue Reading →

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NJ Teen Helps Decide Fate of Some Juvenile Offenders


NEW YORK — Jason Pedreros is considered an adult in the eyes of the law. But at 18, he is still a teenager who, as a volunteer on a judicial panel, is deciding the fate of fellow youths in the New Jersey county where he lives.

Pedreros serves on the Juvenile Conference Committees (JCC) in Hudson County that review charges against underage New Jersey residents and make punitive and rehabilitative recommendations to the court. There are six- to nine-member committees in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. In addition, many municipalities have their own. His handles north Bergen, west New York and Jersey City.

Charges are first reviewed by a juvenile intake probation officer and a Hudson County prosecutor, who decides which cases get sent to committees. First- or second-time minor offenses are eligible. Continue Reading →

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After Lockup, a Question of Care

Louie Chagolla

Tens of thousands of juveniles in lockup nationally are not getting the education, health care, psychological help and vocational help they need. And that’s a pity, experts say. Continue Reading →

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Georgia First Southern State to ‘Ban the Box’ for Government Jobs

Georgia Governor's Mansion

Georgia is now the first state in the South and the 14th in the nation to bar state agencies from using a criminal conviction as grounds for disqualifying prospective employees. The policy is commonly known as “Ban the Box.” Six states ban the use of such policies by private employers. According to Georgia Justice Project, a legal and social services advocacy group based in Atlanta, 3.8 million Georgians, one in three citizens, have a criminal record. “The research is clear that the best indicator of whether a person with a record will be rearrested is their ability to secure stable employment,” the organization said in a press release. Continue Reading →

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OP-ED: How Not to Raise the Age

Alexandra Cox

Compromises are often necessary in the political process, but not if they stand in the way of racial justice and fundamental fairness. In New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed laudable legislation this week.

Unfortunately, the specifics of the proposal embody significant and damaging compromises. Continue Reading →

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