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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.”
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- A Bloomfield Hills company that developed conceptual plans for a new Genesee Regional Center will handle architectural and engineering services now that the county has green lit the $25-million building project.
SAGINAW, MI — Children at the Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center will have the chance to take part in a reading and discussion program that explores race, equity, social justice and other topics, thanks to a grant awarded to Public Libraries of Saginaw.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Before his death, 16-year old John Leroy Daniel Applegate was secluded from other juveniles in a cell in the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
The teenager also was placed on suicide watch intermittently during his time at the detention center before jailers ultimately found him unresponsive in his cell in April, said County Commissioner Carrie Blumert.
Young girls were once considered the fastest growing segment in the juvenile justice system, but a new study from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) concludes that, by 2015, arrests involving females aged between 13 and 17 had declined to their lowest level since 1980.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Superintendent Delbert Williams is no longer working for the county less than a year after he was hired to implement reforms.
Schopen teaches at a juvenile detention center for children serving time for committing felony crimes — assault, burglary, murder, manslaughter, arson. Four out of five students have mental-health or substance-abuse issues and struggle to control their emotions. About half have learning disabilities and are many grade levels behind. It’s hard to imagine a more difficult place to teach.
State has shifted $30 million to fund for evidence-based programs since enacting juvenile justice reforms
LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Roger Hauck’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system today was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House.
Lansing — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a long-debated criminal justice reform plan that would "raise the age” threshold for automatic prosecution as an adult from 17 to 18 years old.
The Oregon State Senate on Tuesday passed a slate of reforms to the juvenile justice system, including a provision that ends the automatic referral of juveniles facing Measure 11 charges to adult court.
Supporters of a proposal to shut down San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center rallied on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, calling for The City to develop alternatives to youth incarceration.