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In Kentucky, running away from home or constantly skipping school could get a kid locked up in a juvenile hall for days. Those acts, called status offenses, aren't serious crimes, but for years Kentucky and other states treated them as though they were.
In Dallas, two programs aim to shift the conversation around juvenile justice — one by bringing young people into the kitchen, and the other by using art to address trauma
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A new, state-of-the-art room designed to provide a therapeutic atmosphere for youth in Caddo’s Juvenile Services opened Tuesday morning.
According to Caddo Parish, the Calming Studio is the first of its kind in Louisiana.
The Center for Urban Transformation is launching the program to help students who commit crimes on their school’s campus.
The state is temporarily suspending admissions to the Jacksonville Youth Academy program, launching an investigation into how four teens escaped over the weekend.
Children as young as 10 years old are being routinely strip searched in juvenile detention in NSW with minimal or no contraband found, according to new data.
PORT ORCHARD – Kitsap County just became the home of Washington’s first girls court, a therapeutic setting designed with the specific needs of young women ages 13-17 in mind.
Some teens on probation in Sedgwick County receive high-priced items — paid for with public dollars — as rewards for succeeding in an after-school program that aims to keep them from committing crimes.
Multiple local agencies and individuals are formally agreeing to strengthen the working relationship between officials and work together to determine the best solution for minors who may find themselves in the juvenile court system.
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday signed into law a slate of policy changes to Oregon’s juvenile justice system, saying the reforms “will serve troubled youth in our community for generations to come, reshaping lives and putting them on a path towards success.”
The state Department of Corrections has hired the Center for Children's Law and Policy to evaluate Maine's system and recommend changes.
Local juvenile justice officials spend hours each each week evaluating teens accused of crimes to ensure Faulkner County youth receive the proper services to prevent recidivism.
Sacramento's Youth Detention Facility has gained fame for its progressive programs and methods. Two of the facility's chiefs speak about the facility's transformation over the past two decades on Friday, June 14, 2019.
When Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously in February to ban the use of pepper spray in its juvenile detention facilities, officials were tasked with phasing out the chemical agent by the end of the year.
But on Tuesday, the head of the county’s Probation Department — which runs juvenile detention facilities — told the Board of Supervisors that her agency will need more time.
Then-union spokesman Lance Lowry fretted in fall 2017 about a “mass exodus” in the state’s prison system, with an officer turnover rate so high that nearly 1 in 3 guards fled the agency over the prior year.
Little has changed since — and the vacancy rate is ticking up, as critical positions sit unfilled both Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s 104 adult prisons and at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s five youth prisons.
A compromise between Charleston city officials, Charleston County and the county school district will soon bring law enforcement officers into the city’s elementary schools on a full-time basis. It’s a distressingly necessary decision in an era of once-unthinkable school shootings.
The number of states with a juvenile justice age below 18 stands at four, down from 14 states a decade ago.
By the end of this legislative season, another one is likely to bite the dust. Advocates expect Michigan to pass a law that would raise the age (RTA) of jurisdiction from 17 to 18, effective October 2021.
San Francisco will close its juvenile hall by the end of 2021, a nearly unanimous decision made by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that ends the longtime practice of holding children in cells while they await their judicial fate.
While the American juvenile justice system has recently undergone a wave of progressive reforms focused on creating pathways to re-entry, there remains an uneven treatment of juvenile records that makes it difficult for returning youth to rebound from their involvement with the justice system.
“The misconception is that this huge building that’s going up about 50 feet away from us is a youth jail and it’s not a youth jail,” she said. “…it’s title is the Children and Family Justice Center. It houses so many things.”