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The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

by Jessica Feierman Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. In every state, youth and families face juvenile justice costs, fees, fines, or restitution. Youth who can’t afford to pay for their freedom often face serious consequences, including incarceration, extended probation, or denial of treatment—they are unfairlyRead More

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New Report on the Health Impacts of Charging Youth as Adults

Human Impact Partners has released a new health impact assessment report entitled, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased and Harmful. The findings show that: Charging youth as adults doesn’t protect community safety — in fact, it doubles recidivism. The adult court system ignores developmental science and environmental contexts — the context of aRead More

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Guest Blog: Fines and Fees for Court-Involved Youth

by Stephanie Campos-Bui, Policy Advocacy Clinic, U.C. Berkeley Law, and Kate Weisburd, East Bay Community Law Center. U.C. Berkeley Law Note: The authors will be our guests for a conference call on March 2nd. Click here to learn more and to RSVP. The End of Juvenile Fees in Alameda County, California: Pairing Practice and PolicyRead More

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The Impact of Fines and Fees on Youth and Their Families

The Juvenile Law Center released Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, a groundbreaking report on the impact of juvenile court costs on youth and their families.  The report includes a companion microsite featuring interactive maps. Click here to access the report.

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NJDC Report on Defense Representation

The National Juvenile Defender Center has released a new report, Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services, which details how children are arrested, prosecuted, and too often incarcerated without attorneys at their side.  Click here to access the report.

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NIC Releases Report on Girls in Adult Facilities

The National Institute of Corrections, in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, has released No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System – Gender-Responsive Strategies for Justice-Involved Women and Girls. This report focuses on the growing population of girls younger than 18 in adult correctional facilities. The bulletin summarizes currentRead More

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Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

A new report co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress examines how as many as 3.2 million LGBTQ youth are vulnerable to discrimination, profiling, and mistreatment in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. In fact, LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to end up in juvenile detention; 20% youth in juvenileRead More

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New Tools to Help End Homelessness

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a set of materials designed for stakeholders to used directly and engage essential local partners in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The three new resources discuss system planning, mainstream system collaboration, and promising programs, al with a focus on engaging key partners locallyRead More

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Guest Blog by Nicole Pittman and Eli Lehrer

Nicole Pittman is the Director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice; Eli Lehrer is President of the R Street Institute. Jason (whose name has been changed) was 14 when he met his first girlfriend, 13-year-old Tianna. After a few months of dating, Tianna’s mom walked in on the couple having oral sex.Read More

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Removing Youth from Adult Court: Much to Celebrate, More to Fight For

Guest Blog by Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice In its Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) laid out a ten point plan to reduce youth justice involvement and improve outcomes for youth up to age 25.  Point six in the plan calls for “keeping youth outRead More

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