In a report examining state compliance with standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act for the detention of young people, the Campaign For Youth Justice argues that “loopholes” in implementation of the standards still leave many youths vulnerable to sexual or physical assault.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was blocking reauthorization of a law funding juvenile justice reforms in states. Cotton now backs the measure after sponsors dropped a provision he opposed that would have reduced jailing of juveniles for minor offenses.
The furor over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct as a 17-year-old raises questions about how he would rule on key juvenile justice cases, a John Jay College conference was told.
Over the past decade, California has seen a nearly 90 percent decline in the number of youth sent to adult criminal court, about 1,000 fewer cases. A new law will halt adult prosecution of 14- and 15-year olds.
A University of Nebraska study examines different approaches to student absenteeism, and finds that the most successful programs are those that work with young people already identified as chronic offenders and more likely to engage in serious delinquent behavior.
The city Correction Department has completed the move of 16- and 17-year-olds off Rikers Island to juvenile facilities in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an historic day for criminal justice reform.” The long-awaited move comes as a new “Raise the Age” state law approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature that treats 16-year-olds accused of crimes as juveniles instead of adults took effect Monday.
The DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is supposed to address “disproportionate minority contact” in the juvenile justice system, but Caren Harp, Trump’s appointee to head the agency, says states have spent too much money on the issue without getting results.
In the U.S., youth are routinely sent to detention centers and then incarcerated because they’ve been picked up for status offenses such as truancy or running away from home—and a large number of those affected are young girls. Two researchers say there are safer and more effective ways to help them.
A new study released by Pew Public Safety Performance Project found that the number of residential facilities holding youth in custody within the juvenile justice system fell 42 percent nationwide between 2000 and 2016—largely because fewer juveniles have been arrested.