Orchestra, young people, young adults crowd stage in multicolored outfits, all performing at once.

They’re Working to Reform Juvenile Justice With an ‘Art Attack’

The pianist jammed on the Steinway with such force, he stood up to play it. The rest of the orchestra swayed with the Songs of Solomon and Wadleigh High School choirs onstage at Carnegie Hall, singing a student composition about outcasts seeking change and second chances.

Judge Tom Smith, in his judicial robes over blue shirt and red tie, leans on his bench in the courtroom.

In 2 Arkansas Counties, Jailing Youth Increasingly Used As Last Resort

In 2008, Wendy Jones’ teenage son, Corby, began getting into trouble with the law: skipping school, doing drugs, stealing. His behavior soon landed him in Benton County, Arkansas, juvenile court, followed by a stay in the local juvenile detention center, or JDC, a 36-bed, jail-like facility in Bentonville, not far from the home offices of Walmart.

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.