Most States Still Deny Juveniles Access to Counsel: Report

Fifty years after the Supreme Court ruling that recognized children’s right to due process and legal representation, the National Juvenile Defense Center has issued a report that takes a granular look at the juvenile justice system across the states.

“Defense representation for youth is indispensable. Unfortunately, state laws and practices largely tell a different story,” the NJDC concludes.

During Litscher’s first year, juvenile pepper spraying increased more than 5 times (WI)

(WSAW) – During his first year on the job, Wisconsin Department of Corrections incident reports, obtained by 7 investigates, show under Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher there have been more than five times as many recorded Division of Juvenile Corrections pepper spray incidents inside the state’s only youth prison, the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake Schools in Irma.

Afterschool Alliance Addresses "School To Prison Pipeline"

Data from the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance indicates early intervention engages kids on a healthy path, and it saves money too by keeping kids out of detention, and out of prison as adults. It costs about $800 a year to have a child in an afterschool program. It costs $9,660 a year to care for a child when the Department of Family Services has to intervene.

OJJDP Initiative To Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards

OJJDP launched the Initiative to Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards to establish a model to assist jurisdictions in measuring services and outcomes in juvenile reentry. The project also aims to align measurement practices across jurisdictions, and improve the assessment of juvenile reentry services' impact on public safety and youth outcomes.

Kentucky’s Complicated Struggle To Lock Up Fewer Kids On Minor Offenses

Politicians, school administrators and advocates in Kentucky all agree that children shouldn’t be locked up for behavior problems. But there’s little agreement on whether or how to stop the practice.

Kentucky put more kids in detention in 2014 for non-criminal charges than any state except Washington, according to the most recent statistics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. At least half the states in the U.S. prohibit locking up children for noncriminal offenses. Even when states allow the practice, they use it rarely, except in a handful of states – Kentucky among them.

Cutting-edge music studio at Highfields making strides with at-risk youth

ONONDAGA, MI - Early last summer, a grant from the James and Kimberly Currie Foundation helped create a new music studio at Highfields Inc.'s residential campus in Onondaga.

Since then, the at-risk youth who come through the multi-purpose human services organization have been making the most of the state-of-the-art recording equipment, finding meaningful ways to express themselves through song.