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Why Do We Keep Jailing Runaway Kids?

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.

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Exporting Murder: US Deportations and the Spread of Violence

Gangs like MS-13 are increasingly portrayed as threats to U.S. national security. But they are also the product of U.S. policies that deport criminal offenders back to Central America, where they have fueled the violence that has sent many refugees fleeing north, say two researchers.

Sex Trafficking: Can Private Investigators Fill Gaps Left By Police?

In Part Two of our investigation of America’s sex trafficking crisis, TCR finds a burgeoning “niche” industry of private nonprofit groups—many comprised of ex-cops or military operatives—who operate outside law enforcement. One former FBI agent maintains that if such groups didn’t exist, the picture would be a lot grimmer.

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Cheap Motels, Highways and Poverty Facilitate Sex Trafficking: Study

Sex traffickers prey on poor and urban neighborhoods near highways and cheap motels, according to researchers at Texas State University, who examined “clusters” of trafficking arrests in Austin. The researchers say their findings support criminologists’ theories that the presence of a particular crime may depend on the physical makeup of a community.

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Youth Need Community-Based Treatment, Not Jails: Study

Treating youth convicted of a crime within the community is far more beneficial than incarcerating them, a new study released by the Justice Policy Institute finds. The authors say communities are safer and more economically stable when youth offenders are diverted to community-based supervision programs.