Three months after San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to shut down the city’s juvenile hall by the end of 2021 to end the jailing of young people, a new proposal by probation officials to expand therapeutic services while holding teens in custody has angered supporters of the search for alternatives to incarceration.
The search goes on yet again for a superintendent of the troubled Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, after one was fired and another lasted just five hours before deciding the job wasn’t to his liking.
Despite falling juvenile crime, more young Alabamans are being trapped in a “school to prison” pipeline, which helps explain the state’s overcrowded and violent adult facilities, say two R Street researchers.
Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he was arrested in 2010 and accused of stealing a backpack. He was detained for three years without being tried or convicted of a crime and in 2015, at age 22, he hanged himself at his parents’ home. The agreed-upon settlement is for $3.3 million.
In a report examining state compliance with standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act for the detention of young people, the Campaign For Youth Justice argues that “loopholes” in implementation of the standards still leave many youths vulnerable to sexual or physical assault.