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Teens create public service announcement warning of dangers of carjacking

Jack a Car, Jack Up Your Life is a carjacking prevention campaign created by teens, for teens. We want our friends to think and talk about what can happen if you jack a car or ride along. We know our friends are "...trying to have fun... but you may end up killing someone in your car." --Nevaeh, 14, was incarcerated for 4 months for carjacking. Listen to what she has to say here. And if you have a friend that needs to hear it, then share it! 

Legislators Introduce ‘Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act’

U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced on Sept. 13, 2018, the Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act, new legislation that would encourage colleges and universities to remove criminal and juvenile justice questions from their admissions applications and give more Americans a chance to earn a higher education.

Detainee rate for youth of color dropping in Johnson County, but work remains to eliminate disparities

The DMC sub-committee found that the failure to appear in court rate for youth of color was double that of white youths, a factor that contributed to the lower rate of reduction in detentions for youth of color. In fact, 66 percent of the youth in detention for failure to appear over a two years period were youths of color. The county juvenile services office has since revised that process to make it easier for youths to appear in court, thereby “dramatically” reducing numbers.