A hearing on state Senate Bill 1391, which would prevent youths under 16 from being sent to adult courts, is scheduled Thursday. Supporters say it will reduce recidivism rates and better rehabilitate and prepare youth for successful, productive reentry into society.
More than 300 arrestees over 20 years were between 10 and 12 years old. Experts cautioned that labeling juveniles as gang members can create a stigma that causes lifelong problems yet serves little purpose for police.
The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition calls for reforms to community supervision that are ‘developmentally appropriate’ to young people who age out of the juvenile justice system but are still too immature to understand the consequences of their behavior.
Gov. Rick Scott called her “a national leader in reform of a comprehensive juvenile justice system.” She also presided during some of her agency’s worst tragedies, including the questionable deaths of three youths in state custody.
A U.S. delegation to Germany, Croatia and The Netherlands last March found lessons that U.S. policymakers could learn as several states consider expanding the age of criminal jurisdiction beyond 18, said a study released Tuesday.
A private Atlanta organization that supervised a teenager now accused of murder claims an unblemished record of reforming young, often violent criminals. The group has no office, no paid employees, and no funding.
Nearly all of New Jersey’s largest cities have a juvenile curfew, local laws designed to keep kids safe at night. Newark has had a summertime curfew since World War II. Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia also have curfews. New York does not.
Jordan Brown, who was convicted nine years ago in Pennsylvania as an 11-year-old for the shotgun murder of his father’s fiancee and her unborn child, has been ordered released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The spread of marijuana legalization may account for some of the decline, say the author of the study in the Addictive Behaviors journal. But they add more research is needed to understand the role that peer pressure and behavioral problems play in substance abuse disorders among young people.