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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a civilian oversight body for the the county’s Probation Department that can make unannounced visits and legally compel documents and witnesses.
As Massachusetts considers changing the way it handles young criminal offenders, it is looking at what's happening north — specifically, to Vermont.
Vermont is the first state to raise the age above 18 for when someone criminally charged goes to juvenile court, expanding what it's doing in hundreds of lower level criminal cases now.
Juvenile courts, long the link between youth offenders and treatment, are no longer the go-between for youngsters who are accused of minor offenses but need behavioral treatment. Lawmakers are exploring how to close the gap.
The recent arrests of two 6-year-old students in Orlando, which prompted outrage and the firing of the officer who restrained one child's hands with flex cuffs, mirrors a persistent problem confronting law enforcement and schools with thousands of children arrested annually and treated like "mini-adults," experts said.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Nearly a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Raise the Age legislation moving 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult justice system, state government officials and youth advocates say conditions are significantly improving for teens in trouble with the law.
In September 2018, when the Cook County Board of Commissioners outlawed placing children younger than 13 in the county’s juvenile jail, advocates cheered the move. One group put out a press release in which Democratic Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said the ordinance would “prevent young children from being scarred by confinement.”
But then, just about a month later, the county’s top juvenile judge made a decision to keep two 12-year-old boys in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. In the ruling Judge Michael Toomin said the county’s new law conflicted with state law and judges were not obligated to follow it.
DETROIT (WXYZ) — For the first time, we're getting an inside look at the juvenile justice system in Wayne County. 7 Action News' Kim Craig went inside Wayne County's Juvenile Detention Facility, what some people simply call "juvie," and while the kids inside may be accused of awful crimes, the staff works to remind them every day that they are not the forgotten.
With the development of treatment and assessment standards and more research, those in the system learned that with the right intervention, juvenile sex offenders are at low risk of repeat crimes.
New Orleans City Council members on Thursday criticized the ongoing practice of detaining juveniles at the city’s adult lockup, saying it goes against city ordinances designating the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center — formerly the Youth Study Center — as the appropriate facility for juveniles, including those being charged as adults.
Shelby County will join Davidson and Hamilton counties in choosing not to charge any juvenile costs — unless otherwise mandated by Tennessee law. This means the county will waive its daily detention fee that once charged parents the cost of their child's incarceration.
The Los Angeles County Probation Department has completed its facility consolidation plan this past week with the closure of Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey and Camp Ellison Onizuka at the Challenger Memorial Youth Center in Lancaster.
ALBANY — Probation departments across New York have started screening young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental-health services.
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.