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Why Do We Criminalize Young Victims of Sex Trafficking?

A California law effective this month bars prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. But the practice of bringing juveniles who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation into court happens more often than we would expect in many parts of the country.

NY Gov. Cuomo Issues Pardons Under New Program for Teens

New York is pardoning some former offenders who committed a nonviolent crime when they were 16 or 17 and have stayed conviction-free for at least 10 years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first group of 101 pardons after creating the youth pardon program in 2015. About 10,000 people could benefit from the program. So far, it’s received 260 applications.

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.