Policy Updates

Stay current on policy developments affecting vulnerable youth.


Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Crossover Youth

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on supporting youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Click here to access a video of the hearing and witness testimonies.

New York Times

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.  

LA Times

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


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


Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Bill Passes Out of Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the bipartisan “Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act” (H.R. 4472), sponsored by Reps. Todd Young (R-IN) and Danny Davis (D-IL). The bill provides funding for the development and implementation of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE), a web-based electronic case-processing system that supportsRead More


New Publication on Surrogate Parents for Homeless Youth Under the IDEA

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and the National Association for State Directors of Special Education released a publication, Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act that addresses issues related to consent for special education evaluations and services for homeless youth. The short document suggestsRead More


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

The Crime Report

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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