Maximum 40-Year Term Ordered in WI Slender Man Case

Wisconsin teenager Morgan Geyser was sent to 40 years of mental health treatment in the Slender Man stabbing case. Geyser, 15, Geyser and another girl were charged three years ago with stabbing a friend 19 times because they feared Slender Man, a fictional internet boogeyman, would kill them or their families if they didn’t carry out the crime.


Why I Am Not a Recidivist

A Washington State parole board rejected our columnist’s appeal for release from prison for a crime committed when he was a juvenile on the grounds that he had a “moderate to high” likelihood of re-offending. But they appear to have based the decision on a psychological risk assessment tool used to measure adult offenders.

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Raise the Age, But By How Much?

Long-overdue juvenile justice reforms have increased the age at which juveniles can be charged as adults to 17 or 18. But a few states want to increase it to as high as 21– an initiative that one justice researcher argues could be counterproductive.

Jamie Wilson

Can Police Take a Juvenile’s DNA for ‘Investigative Purposes’?

A bill introduced by a California assemblywoman aims to stop the practice, currently followed by the San Diego Police Department—after a Voice of San Diego investigation revealed it. It’s already illegal to collect DNA from minors without parental consent, a warrant or criminal conviction, but the San Diego cops argue that only applies if they send the DNA to state or national databases.