Kentucky’s Youth Justice Overhaul Gets Mixed Review

An Urban Institute study of Kentucky’s landmark youth justice reform law passed in 2014 found that nearly nine out of 10 youth completed diversion programs and avoided formal court involvement. Nevertheless, race and ethnic disparities in the diversion programs were “significant and persisted,” and recidivism rates didn’t statistically change.


Youth Prisons: Why Are We Paying to be Less Safe?

It costs over $200,000 annually to lock up just one young person, but jailing a youth actually increases the likelihood of later recidivism by nearly a quarter.  Two researchers at the Justice Policy Institute argue it’s long past time for states to follow through on mounting calls to replace youth prisons with community-centered programs.


Keep Police Out of Schools: Study

Stationing uniformed police as ‘School Resource Officers’ in schools worsens the ‘school to prison pipeline’ by criminalizing student behavior that could otherwise be handled by internal school discipline, according to a study published in Criminology & Public Policy.


Youth Corrections Chiefs, Prosecutors Call for Shutting ‘Inhumane’ Youth Prisons

More than 40 youth correctional administrators joined prosecutors from over 30 jurisdictions in a call for the closure of youth detention facilities across the country. A report accompanying their statement Thursday said the over-incarceration of young people increases their likelihood of recidivism, damages their health, and stunts their ability to find employment.

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Ending the ‘Virus’ of Bigotry in Youth Justice

The nation cannot fulfill the provisions contained in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act related to youth incarceration without addressing the racial and ethnic disparities at every decision point in the justice system, write the co-chairs of the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition.