juvenile

Keeping Kids Out of Adult Court

States are gradually increasing the minimum age at which young people can be prosecuted as adults—reversing a practice fueled by spurious fears of so-called “superpredators,” says a paper by the Campaign for Youth Justice. But there’s still a long way to go.

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Federal Drug Asset Seizures Slashed by Half Since 2009

One of the government’s favorite tools in the War on Drugs—seizing the property of individuals convicted of drug-related crimes—appears to be losing favor with authorities, according to a study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The strategy has come under fire from critics on both the left and right.

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Aging Population Called Increasing Financial Burden on U.S. Prisons

Federal inmates aged 55 and older, many of whom got life sentences amid the war on drugs of the 1990s, are among the fastest growing population of incarcerees in the U.S., according to a report on prisoners serving life sentences for non-violent crimes published in conjunction with the Buried Alive Project.