From the Field
Electronic monitoring of youth in the juvenile justice system has become increasingly commonplace, with little to no regulation or oversight. However, it raises significant concerns, including: the possibility of net widening; severe deprivations of liberty for youth; racially-biased application; and little research to support its efficacy. On June 23 at 2:00pm ET, the Coalition forRead More
On June 20, CLASP will hold its annual forum on youth of color. “Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education, Employment, and Youth Empowerment,” co-sponsored by Cities United and the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color, will highlight effective policies and practices that can help youth avoid the criminal justice system, access employment, achieveRead More
The Campaign for Youth Justice has released Collateral Consequences, a new online report seeking to raise awareness on the long-lasting damages caused by the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating kids as adults. These consequences range from having a hard time finding a job to never being able to vote or to get education loans.Read More
The National Juvenile Defender Center has launched the Gault at 50 Campaign to champion children’s right to counsel and ensure every child is represented by an effective attorney in America’s courtrooms. Gault at 50 is a year-long public awareness campaign leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Gault thatRead More
by Amanda Chicago Lewis BuzzFeed News A new state report shows that the total number of marijuana arrests in Colorado for juveniles increased after legalization — and racial disparities within those arrests grew worse. Full story here.
How Will Philadelphia’s District Attorney Handle Resentencing Its Juvenile Life-Without-Parole Population?
by Jessica Pishko The Nation Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s District Attorney since 2010, faces the challenge of resentencing Philadelphia’s large population of people serving mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles. Philadelphia has the highest number of such individuals in the country, and Williams’ office will presideRead More
A new report published by the Institute of Policy Studies documents the growing movement of family members that aims to challenge the conditions in which their loved ones are held and the existence of mass incarceration. Numerous family-led organizations and family leaders contributed to the research contained in the report, which includes insights into how familiesRead More
by Lucy Nalpathanchil, WNPR April 15, 2016 WNPR recently aired a story about an effort in the State of Connecticut to reduce formal court processing of youth through the use of Juvenile Review Boards, or JRBs. In some areas, the programs are staffed by community volunteers, while in larger cities the programs are managedRead More
The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on the American justice system is now offering a new feature called The Record. This new section of their website offers a searchable catalogue of their staff’s curated collection of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web, starting with the organization’s founding in 2014.Read More
Juvenile Law Center March 7, 2016 The Juvenile Law Center recently released Future Interrupted: The Collateral Damage Caused by Proliferation of Juvenile Records, a report on how juvenile records are shared publicly and how background checks can disclose inaccurate or confidential information. The report also demonstrates how records carry numerous collateral consequences through youths’ own stories andRead More