Dutch youth

Raising Age to 23: It Works for the Dutch

The results of 2014 legislation in The Netherlands are still inconclusive, but two Americans examining juvenile justice programs in Europe say early data suggest that the presence of older youth in juvenile court may promote more leniency for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Juvenile Justice Needs Safety Focus, Trump Appointee Says

The juvenile justice system has “drifted a bit to a focus on avoiding arrests at all costs and therapeutic intervention. It went a little too far to the side of providing services without thinking of short-term safety,” says Caren Harp, the Trump administration’s appointee heading the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

gangs

Life in a Rural Gang: Little Future, Less Hope

Big-city gangs may be more violent and newsworthy, but smaller and less violent versions are a worrying presence in many poor, rural communities. University of Arkansas sociologist Timothy Brown tells TCR what he learned while interviewing gang members in a Clarksdale, Ms., jail.