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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.


Pound Foolish and Not Penny Wise

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is counting on foster youth to help solve the state’s financial crisis. By eliminating the three years of transitional care that currently supports foster youth until the age of 21, the state expects to save approximately $5 million annually.

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Federal Data on Transferred Juveniles Delayed, Again

How many juveniles are transferred to adult court? For what crimes? What was the outcome of the case? An attempt at a national study on the subject has continuously been waylaid since 2010.


With Juveniles, the World Should Not Follow Our Lead

by Liz Ryan The United States has the obscene distinction of being number one in the world for the worst policies on the treatment of youth in the justice system, and youth of color bear the brunt of our harsh and regressive policies. 

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YSI: National Partnership for Juvenile Services, Day Two

Day Two of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services annual symposium. It’s Youth Services Insider’s last day in Louisville, the city that bourbon built. As a UConn basketball fan, it’s been painful to walk by the home court of our rival and current national champion on the walk to the conference every day from our room at the EconoLodge.


Raising the Age of Foster Care: Some Lessons from Early Expanding States

Twenty states have implemented an extension of foster care past the age of 18 since the 2008 passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which guaranteed federal reimbursement for approved versions of such extensions.


    Massachusetts Includes 17-Year-Olds in Juvenile System; 10 States Remain That Don’t

    Massachusetts’ juvenile justice system will now include 17-year-olds, leaving just 10 states that view older minors as adults. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed H. 1432, plainly called “An Act Expanding Juvenile Jurisdiction, yesterday.


    It’s Your Turn Governors: Implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act

    By Liz Ryan In a statement issued by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy this week, he called the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) a “watershed piece of legislation” because “the punishment of incarceration does not, and cannot, include a sentence of rape.


    Group Disputes Justice Dept. Numbers on Youths Victimized in Adult Lockup

    A national group advocating for the removal of juveniles from adult facilities is disputing a Justice Department report released today that finds juveniles are sexually victimized no more often than adults in jails and prisons.