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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In California and across much of the U.S., children with cognitive problems routinely languish in custody for months or years while judges determine whether they’ll be able to pick up the skills needed for a fair trial. Some legislators in California are seeking to limit such detentions.
When youths are preconditioned to violence and crime, disregard for the law becomes automatic. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) targets this “criminal thinking” to reduce crime and recidivism— and give juveniles the opportunity of a productive future.