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Attempts to reform the way criminals are sentenced and how much time they spend behind bars have made little headway in the Florida legislature in recent years.
But following the passage of federal criminal justice reform in December, it seems state legislators from both parties may be ready to take a new look at reforming the state’s prison system.
The teenage detainees at the Juvenile Justice Center in Fresno don’t have a lot of choices – certainly not about what time they wake up to begin their day with stretches and push-ups, nor how long they can linger over breakfast before they go to classes, nor, on weekends, whether they clean up their cells.
But once a month, 10 of them choose to discuss literature.
National research shows that nearly half of the youth in the juvenile justice system are performing below grade level in reading and math, many are marginally literate or illiterate, and most have a history of significant truancy and grade retention. About two out of three students drop out after exiting the juvenile justice system.
Here are several strategies that can make a difference.
Under a 2015 amendment to Utah’s juvenile-offender laws, shackles for minors were restricted only to those judged a flight risk or who might harm others. A subsequent rule enacted by the Utah Judicial Council, allowed a judge to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a youth should be shackled to be restrained in court.
Yet that judicial rule has an exception for “exigent circumstances.” And in Manti, court officials say the outdated Sanpete County Courthouse presents security issues that require them to routinely shackle youths.
The kid who kicked the classroom trash can is still stuck in juvenile courts three years later — and that bugs the former prosecutor who handled his case.
Statistics don’t quite capture the extent of U.S. poverty. A new measure could change that.
PATERSON — Local education advocates say the Paterson district should consider increasing its counseling staff and cutting the number of police officers and security guards in schools.
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.
In the early 2000s, when there were just two psychiatrists serving over 12 million people, Zimbabwe had to get creative to treat depression. Now, one bright idea — the Friendship Bench — is spreading far and wide.
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.
What is restorative justice? A practitioner explains how it works.
As Gov. Jerry Brown decides whether to sign SB 1391, juvenile justice advocates want to eliminate adult prosecution for 14- and 15-year-olds against opponents’ fears of irredeemable criminals going free too soon.
Over the last few weeks men and women across the United States – and even as far away as Nova Scotia, Canada – have protested to demand humane treatment for the incarcerated.
In 2016, when prisoners engaged in similar hunger strikes, sit-ins, and work stoppages, their actions barely registered with the national media. As someone who regularly writes about the history of prisoner protests and prison conditions today, this lack of interest was striking.
Of particular concern to some on the right is the term “systemic racism,” often wrongly interpreted as an accusation that everyone in the system is racist. In fact, systemic racism means almost the opposite. It means that we have systems and institutions that produce racially disparate outcomes, regardless of the intentions of the people who work within them.
Super-predator or statesman?
How the poor became an alien population.
Electronic monitors can violate people’s civil rights and carry unfair financial penalties.
In the #MeToo era, punch lines about sexual assaults in jail remain acceptable. But to Rodney Roussell, they’re a painful reminder of the nine years he spent in prison, where he was raped and sold into sexual slavery.
“The way we begin is with a very comprehensive mitigation report,” the organisation’s head, David Condliffe, said. In the case of one young man accused of a violent gang assault, compiling an intensive psychosocial profile took a worker a month and came at a cost of $10,000. Mr Condliffe told attendees at a function at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre today the expense was worth it.
Last Tuesday, I had the honor of representing a convicted felony murderer before the Colorado Supreme Court. He is guilty as charged, and an innocent man is dead. But there is so much more to the story.