A progressive measure intended to keep preteens out of Cook County jails was effectively struck down by an appellate court

A Cook County ordinance that would keep children under 13 from being jailed cannot be enforced because an appeals court recently ruled the measure conflicts with state law.

Passed in September 2018, the ordinance was lauded by juvenile justice advocates as a progressive step toward reducing the number of incarcerated youth.

Roots Of Mass Incarceration: The Policies That Led To 2.2 Million People Behind Bars

More than 2 million people are currently imprisoned in the U.S. Although the country has just 4% of the world's population, it accounts for a quarter of the world's prison population.

So, how did the country get to this place? People point to different pieces of legislation as the main cause for mass incarceration. But researcher Reggie Jackson says it's the result of a complex web of laws and policy decisions that created this issue.

Michigan eyes reform to costly, confusing system of expunging criminal records

Research shows that expungement — which makes certain criminal offenses invisible to the public while remaining visible to police and prosecutors — improves access to higher wages and better jobs without threatening public safety. But the process can seem labyrinthian for people who can’t afford a lawyer, and criminal justice advocates argue far too few people qualify under existing law.

After 22 years, educating incarcerated youth still a challenge

In 1993, a lawyer at the Center for Children’s Advocacy brought a lawsuit challenging, among other things, the conditions of confinement at the state’s  juvenile detention centers. Four years later, the court approved an agreement that resulted in the Emily J. Consent Decree, part of which required the state to retool its educational services for juvenile detainees.

Now, after years of studies showing the ways the justice system can affect young people’s education in Connecticut, officials are still grappling with how to improve educational services for kids in the justice system.

DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to ask Supreme Court for resentencing in case over youth punishment

One of the men who terrorized the Washington area in a spree of killings in the fall of 2002, which became known as the “D.C. sniper attacks,” will have another day in court on Wednesday. Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the killings, is asking the court to allow him to be resentenced because a pair of Supreme Court cases in recent years held that courts must consider a minor’s age before sentencing him or her to life without parole.

A United Vision for a World Without Youth Prisons

Over two dozen youth leaders, many of whom are directly impacted by the youth justice system, have released their ideas for putting juvenile justice dollars toward the creation of a robust continuum of care in communities of color.

You can now read and share the recommendations of these youth leaders with A United Vision for a World Without Youth Prisons, a report from The Youth First Initiative and Cities United, highlighting nine actionable strategies for how cities should reinvest the millions of taxpayer dollars spent each year locking up young people.

Probation Must Be Reformed Nationwide By Focusing on Incentives

With close to half of delinquency cases resulting in probation, it is the most common disposition a juvenile can receive. Appropriately, probation is now the focus of a recent report by juvenile justice advocates. The report uses a resolution passed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2017 to “advocate for empirically supported juvenile probation reform nationwide” and provides jurisdictions with practical suggestions on how to revise policies so that more young people can be successful on probation.