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The Texas Juvenile Justice Department school teams, with rosters filled by boys serving sentences for felony convictions, typically face off against private and parochial schools. Friday’s contest offered a rare match up between two state schools.
An independent report has urged ministers to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 16 and set up a new youth justice system for offenders up to the age of 21.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Juvenile courts are convicting fewer teenagers of felonies, but the number of South Dakota teens violating probation is up. These are two key takeaways from the latest report from the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act. This is related to Senate Bill 73 to reform the juvenile justice system in the state. On Tuesday, an oversight council looked at the report.
A package of bills aimed at raising the age Michigan residents can be tried as adults passed out of a House committee Wednesday.
Recent rulings mean hundreds of prison inmates convicted as juveniles when Florida still had parole likely won't get new sentencing hearings.
Juvenile probation departments use risk assessments to determine if a juvenile accused of a crime should be released or detained pre-trial. But even when the assessment recommends release, an NBC Bay Area investigation found most are detained anyway.
A Texas judge known for sending kids to juvenile detention released a group of juvenile defendants who appeared before him Wednesday, in an unusual move that came less than a day after losing his bid for re-election, according to local media reports. At least four of the minors faced serious charges.
Two state statutes in Idaho govern the process of transferring youths from juvenile to adult court. Those laws are Idaho codes 20-508 and 20-509. The latter, 20-509, lists nine offenses, and states if any juvenile 14 or older commits any of those nine crimes, they are automatically tried as an adult.
The city of Philadelphia has won a $1 million award to support its proposal for a juvenile center designed to avoid re-traumatizing children who abruptly enter the justice system.
CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County has agreed to pay nearly $180,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by four former juvenile detention inmates who claimed guards forced them to fight for their own entertainment.
King County, while building a new juvenile detention center, is also officially striving toward zero youth detention. It's exasperating some — but not all — of the critics who want to see the government hit that goal.
Despite progress in recent years, Arkansas' youth justice system is still rife with problems, a new report shows -- namely, keeping kids locked up too long, even for misdemeanors; poor oversight; a lack of use-of-force training for officers; and insufficient data-keeping that prevents the best use of resources.
The right of Arizona children to an attorney in delinquency cases is unevenly carried out and hindered by fees and assessments, a national study released Tuesday shows.
Constantine reveals $4 million proposed budget to fund programs aimed at helping achieve his goal of 'zero youth detention.'
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.
Major portions of San Diego’s juvenile detention facilities sit empty. And it’s not just San Diego. Falling crime rates, combined with more money for prevention and a changing juvenile justice culture, have virtually emptied California’s juvenile halls.
Children under 13 who are accused of crimes will no longer be locked up in Cook County.
Under a law passed unanimously Wednesday by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the county will find alternatives to detaining kids arrested in the county.
Three new reports and interviews with former staff document overcrowding and severe staffing shortages at the Youth Study Center.
Under the settlement, the county also will pay $240,000 to four juveniles who were held in solitary confinement at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Concluding that they do more harm than good, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court has abolished court fees for juvenile delinquents.