Brett Merfish had a list of reasons why Texas should raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. She pointed to research showing that states that had already adopted the practice saw crime and recidivism reduced and better outcomes for the juveniles and their families.
Juvenile drug treatment courts must do more to bring families into the treatment process if they want to help young offenders overcome addiction and stay out of the criminal justice system, a team of mental health professionals concluded in a sweeping report released today.
Juvenile detention and its practitioners have experienced landmark reforms due to research-driven changes and the operationalizing of philosophical changes in detention conditions and practice via the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).
Panelists at a discussion on race spoke mostly about collective response to a president they fear will roll back the rights of people of color, as well as other groups.
“Start where you are,” said DeRay McKesson, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. “I didn’t get a call from Harriet Tubman to be an activist.”
Congress kicked off its latest push to reform juvenile justice today, presenting a bipartisan front and hearing from experts who said the old theory of getting tough on teenage offenders had been debunked by research, science and their own experiences in the field.
The fate of the authorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act during the Trump administration is up in the air, according to judges at the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held this year in Manhattan.