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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

Commentary by Barack Obama Harvard Law Review Former President Barack Obama has authored an article for the Harvard Law Review, detailing his personal commitment to justice reform, and providing an overview of his Administration’s efforts and accomplishments. He also shares his insights regarding the methods of influence at a President’s disposal, as well as reflectionsRead More

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DOJ Proposes New Juvenile Justice Rules

by John Kelly The Chronicle of Social Change The Justice Department has published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly. Click here to read theRead More

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New KIDS COUNT Policy Report

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new KIDS COUNT Policy Report entitled, A Shared Sentence – The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. Download the report here.  

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States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults

by Erik Eckholm The New York Times Louisiana is among a dwindling number of states where 17-year-olds are automatically treated as adults, and among a growing number that are looking at revising those laws. Read the full story here.  

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L.A. County Severely Restricts Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

by Abby Sewell and Garrett Therolf Los Angeles Times May 3, 2016 Los Angeles County on Tuesday approved sweeping restrictions on the use of solitary confinement for juvenile detainees, joining a larger movement against a practice that some consider cruel and unproductive. The Board of Supervisors’ action bans solitary confinement at youth camps and hallsRead More

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President Obama Addresses Justice Issues During National Reentry Week

by Melanie Garunay White House Blog During his weekly address, President Obama highlighted his Administration’s efforts to build a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system. The Department of Justice has designated April 24-20 as National Reentry Week. Read the story and stream the video here. Learn more about National Reentry Week here.

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National Campaign Launch: Stop Solitary for Kids

Stop Solitary for Kids is a national campaign to end solitary confinement of youth in juvenile and adult facilities in the United States. The campaign is a joint effort by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and the Justice Policy Institute. TheRead More

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Illinois, Connecticut Propose Bills to Raise the Age to 21

by Zoe Schein National Juvenile Justice Network March 24, 2016 For some time, research on young adults’ brain development has overwhelmingly agreed that young people’s ability to assess risk and clearly judge the consequences of their actions is not fully developed until their mid-20s. This research has led many youth justice advocates to challenge theRead More

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Public Strongly Favors Prison Reform, Surveys Find

by Ted Gest The Crime Report February 18, 2016 Justice reform activists say that new polling reinforces their contention that a solid majority of Americans support their goals of imprisoning fewer non-violent offenders and doing more to rehabilitate criminals. The surveys were released yesterday by the U.S. Justice Action Network, a bipartisan coalition that has beenRead More

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Getting Youth out of the Adult Criminal Justice System

from the Public Welfare Foundation March 14, 2016 Around 11:30 pm on December 31, 2008, Tyrone and a friend were heading to their respective homes in Baltimore to watch television as the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square. They cut through a familiar park and planned to make a quick stop at a convenienceRead More

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