Report: Youth Lack Access to Quality Defense Attorneys

Better data collection, improved efforts to attract juvenile defenders and well-funded, well-organized defense systems are among the ways to ensure youth charged with an offense have a lawyer by their side when they enter a courtroom, a new report says.

Strong Education Programs, Supports Can Be Potent for Justice-Involved Youth

Very few things mattered to me, including my own life. It was not until I joined the college program of the juvenile detention facility that I was placed at that I realized the important role that education could play in helping young men like myself and others turn their life around.

Keeping Schools Safe While Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions

There’s good news and bad news in the report “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015,” the most recent in an annual series produced jointly by the U.S. departments of education (ED) and justice (DOJ). Just as important, there’s help available to sustain the good news and tackle the bad.

Fixing a Broken System of Funding Youth Prevention, Intervention Programs

If you are a young person in Los Angeles County who feels angry, has poor grades or disrespects authority, you might be “recruited” to voluntarily work with a probation officer and receive services — as long as you’ve never been on probation before.

Children’s Village Transformative Mentoring

The Children’s Village in the Bronx offers mentors to teenagers who face aging out of foster care. The mentors, or “credible messengers,” are former foster children themselves. They use writing and conversation and draw from their personal experiences to motivate these foster teens.

room confinement: Michael Umpierre (headshot), deputy director of Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, smiling man with short dark curly hair, dark jacket, white shirt, dark blue striped tie

New Initiative Will Help Raise the Bar for Serving Youth in Custody

Increasingly, juvenile justice advocates and system partners are calling for the closure of large, prison-like youth facilities. While these reforms are critically important given the research showing the dangers of confinement — particularly for low-risk youth — the practical reality is that reaching such a paradigm shift will not happen overnight.