Policy Updates

CFYJ-Getting Youth of Out of Adult System

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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D.C. Bill Would Adopt Public Health Framework for Prevention of Violent Crime

Zoe Schein February 18, 2016 On February 2, 2016, the D.C. City Council cleared the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act (B. 21-0360) in the first of two council votes. Introduced by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, the NEAR Act received enthusiastic support from local youth advocacy groups, including D.C. Lawyers for Youth (DCLY), an NJJN member. IfRead More

Starcia Ague

Message to U.S. Senate: Why the JJDPA Matters

by Starcia Ague Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice February 16, 2016 On February 12,  the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law that sets standards and protections for state juvenile justice programs—very nearly passed in the Senate. One lone member of the U.S. Senate held up passage ofRead More

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CA Gov. Brown to seek November ballot initiative to relax mandatory prison sentences

by John Myers LA Times January 27, 2016 Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release. “Let’s take the basic structure of our criminal lawRead More

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Ballot Measure Would Reform Juvenile Justice

Lets Judges, Not Prosecutors, Decide on Trying Youth as Adults from Fair Sentencing for Youth January 27, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown announced a smart and humane ballot measure on January 27, 2016, that would dramatically reform both juvenile and criminal justice laws in the state, Human Rights Watch said today. If enough signatures areRead More

Lisa Pilnik

Yesterday Was a Huge Day for Youth Justice. Tomorrow Could Be Even Better

by Lisa Pilnik, Deputy Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Marie N. Williams, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice January 26, 2016  “How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people? It doesn’t make us safer. It’s an affront toRead More

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U.S. Supreme Court: Prior Finding That Mandatory Life without Parole Sentences for Youth Are Unconstitutional Now Found Retroactive

from the Juvenile Law Center In a key win for individuals nationwide who are serving life without parole sentences for crimes committed as children, the United States Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 in Montgomery v. Louisiana that their 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, barring mandatory life without parole sentences for youth, applies retroactively. Today’s decision guarantees thatRead More

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President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth in Federal Prisons

from the Annie E. Casey Foundation January 26, 2016 The Casey Foundation has been working with a growing coalition in urging all facilities housing children to end the practice of solitary confinement because it can severely damage youth and inhibit their future success. President Obama’s decision this week to ban the practice of holding youngRead More


States Addressing Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

by Anne S. Teigen National Conference of State Legislatures December 21, 2015 Every year in the United States, thousands of juveniles are placed in solitary confinement—also known as confinement, seclusion, isolation or segregation. Solitary confinement is the most extreme form of isolation in a detention setting and can include physical and social isolation in aRead More

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Juvenile Justice in a Developmental Framework: A 2015 Status Report

Models for Change Dec 11, 2015 Advances in the understanding of adolescent development have provided a foundation for progress in juvenile justice reform, including changes in state legislation. In accord with the Supreme Court’s recognition of a basic principle—that children are different from adults, and the justice systems that deal with them must be shaped by those differences—state after stateRead More

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