A note to a 16-year-old  girl who spent four years in the Maryland juvenile justice system. Photo by Amy Davis, courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

Lost Girls

A Baltimore Sun investigation finds young women face harsher punishment than boys in Maryland’s juvenile justice system.

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Montana’s Tragic Drug Relapse

Montana’s methamphetamine problem, once thought to be on the wane, has bounced back with a vengeance as Mexican cartels flood the state with the highly addictive, destructive drug.

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When a Sibling Goes to Prison

Thousands of young people are sent to prison every day, leaving behind scores of brothers and sisters whom researchers call the “most often overlooked” family members of adjudicated youth. These non-offending siblings often suffer high levels of emotional stress, but so far they’ve been paid scant attention.

Bobby Boyer speaks about his addiction struggle.

‘When You Start Using, Your Mentality Stops’

A juvenile addict finally puts himself on the path to a healthy life. But it took 10 years—and pro-active probation officers to get there. A series by a Pennsylvania journalist explores the role of drug courts in helping others like him.

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Captive Lives: The ‘Invisible Victims’ of Incarceration

Some 10 million U.S. children have parents who are incarcerated. These innocent youngsters, studies indicate, face long odds of success in life. But, as a San Francisco Chronicle investigation shows, efforts to help them are growing.

Defense attorney Keith Halpern (back to camera) hugs Lee Chiero’s sister after Chiero was found not guilty by reason of insanity. (Photo by Ken McGagh/Metrowest Daily News)

Families in Fear

Few have paid a higher price for the nation’s mental health crisis than the loved ones of severely mentally ill people.