juvenile justice

Adult Court is No Place for Young People

Laws and practices that treat justice-involved young people as though they were “little adults” fail to make communities safer, subject youth to harmful conditions of confinement, and drive racial disparities, write two advocates for reform.


The COVID-19 ‘Catch-22’ for Young People Behind Bars

No parent would want their child placed in a bare room by themselves for days or weeks. But that’s exactly how we are treating young people housed in juvenile facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, write two youth advocates.

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Tackling the Racial Divide in Juvenile Justice

While youth incarceration has dropped 54 percent between 2005 and 2017, extreme racial and ethnic disparities have created in effect two juvenile justice systems. A pilot project by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has produced early impressive results in narrowing the gap.

Incarcerating Youth Should Be ‘Last Resort’ During Pandemic

The American Academy of Pediatrics says in a policy statement that the coronavirus pandemic is a compelling reason to rethink how authorities deal with justice-involved youth. “Those incarcerated for substance use or other nonviolent offenses…may be better off remaining in their community with services in place,” wrote Dr. Mikah C. Owen, the lead author.