Ripe for Juvenile Justice Reform in Arkansas

The number of delinquent youth remanded to the Arkansas Division of Youth Services during the fiscal year that ended in July was the lowest in at least two decades, according to figures recently released by the DYS.

Ex-Foster Youth Turned Lawmaker Prioritizes Spending for Foster Care Reform

“Somebody might get discovered tonight! I may have a record deal for you!” joked Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas, 28, at a communal birthday party for teenagers and young adults who are dealing with homelessness, abuse and neglect, or other troubles. Just hours before, Thomas was on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives, where the former foster youth counts improving the lives of kids in foster care among her top priorities.

Alton Pitre

The Truth Behind Obama’s Juvenile Justice Reform

Lately I’ve read so many articles on juvenile and criminal justice reform laws being passed it’s surreal. The truth is, hardly any kids will be directly impacted by this because there are practically no juveniles in federal prisons. I can’t dwell on this but need to keep working on more reforms.

Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal: ‘The Ultimate Criminal Justice Reform’

It’s been 2½ years since Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a landmark overhaul of Georgia’s juvenile justice system into law. The measure has resulted in a sharp drop in commitments to the state’s youth correctional system and is expected to save tens of millions of dollars by replacing incarceration with community supervision.