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On Thursday, Congress passed a bill reauthorizing a major federal juvenile justice crime bill for the first time in 16 years.
Advocates say the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is a huge victory, since its funding has drastically declined over the years and its provisions have become outdated, putting youth charged with crimes at risk.
Citing “a culture of intimidation that undermines due process,” a new report by a Department of Justice monitor on the treatment of African-American youth in Shelby County’s juvenile court challenges the abrupt termination of federal oversight of the court.
Fewer teens and kids are being arrested in Florida than at any point in the past 43 years, according to state data released Monday by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
When an offense is relatively minor, the child goes into a diversion program, receiving extra supports. Recidivism is also much lower.
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 And in Manti, court officials say the outdated Sanpete County Courthouse presents security issues that require them to routinely shackle youths.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 philanthropic arm of Google and the San Francisco 49ers football club are giving $2.35 million to the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) to support the California Youth Justice Initiative, a comprehensive juvenile justice reform effort in Santa Clara County, California.
Report also says youth of color face a disproportionate amount of disciplinary measures
Stun guns more likely for black teens than whites
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.