Child advocates have pressed for an investigation for at least two years, said Susan Dunn of the American Civil Liberties Union. An investigation is critical to ensure the safety of staff and juveniles involved in more than 15,000 cases each year, she said. The probe will include the incarceration of youth with disabilities.
After a prosecutor urged a judge to keep a teenager in custody so he would not “hurt or kill a homeowner,” the judge released him. Eleven days later, he was accused of killing a teacher and raping a woman, 81.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed nine bills to aid young people facing charges and serving time. It is a victory for a statewide coalition of criminal justice groups that brought together celebrities and former youth offenders in a push to divert children from a path to prison.
At least 36 states have passed legislation to keep young people out of adult prisons or jails since 2005—and more states are on track to limit youth exposure to the adult justice system over the next two years, according to a study released October 11 by the Campaign for Youth Justice.
A Miami Herald investigation of the Florida juvenile justice system finds incompetent supervision, questionable healthcare, willfully blind internal investigations and spasms of staff-induced violence, sometimes bought for the price of a pastry,
Ombudsman says sexual contact among juvenile detainees continued for six months because of a “lack of concern regarding safety, security and welfare” of the kids in Dallas County’s Medlock Youth Treatment Center.