Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city. 


Texas Task Force Looks at Youth Involved in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Systems

Lisa Jarrett presides over what’s known as the crossover docket in Bexar County, Texas, where she handles cases involving youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Jarrett says that bundling all the cases of a dual-status youth reduces replication of services and helps the child understand what they need to do to comply with the court — after all, with two separate cases come separate judges, court dates and orders.


New York State Court Bars Child Welfare Systems from Pursuing Arrest Warrants for Runaway Foster Kids

A New York State appellate court expressed sympathy for New York City using  arrest warrants to bring runaway and possibly unstable foster youth into custody. But ultimately, the court ruled, there is no compelling reason within the law for family courts to approve such warrants for youth who have not broken any law.

Connecticut may raise the juvenile arrest age from 7 to 10.


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorized, Heads to Trump’s Desk

For the first time since 2002, the law governing national juvenile justice standards has been reauthorized by Congress. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk, possibly ending a long string of disappointments for juvenile justice advocates who tried in vain to update the law during the administration of Barack Obama.

Foundation Launches Initiative to ‘Disrupt’ Child Welfare


New California Budget Sees Big Child Welfare Investments

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a $200 billion budget last week that includes significant investments for the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, though many of those are on a one-time basis.

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Disability, Race and Reasons: What We Know, and Don’t Know, About Disparity in School Discipline

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this month on school discipline with a topline finding that “black students, boys and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools.”

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    Justice Eases New Rules on JJDPA Compliance; Punts Racial Disparities Standards to Trump Administration

    In August, the Obama Administration proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, which remains funded by Congress but has not been reauthorized since 2002.

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    A Look Back at 2016: The Year in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare

    The sun will soon set on a year of great upheaval in the American cultural fabric. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions. It seemed like a different famous musician or thespian died every day.

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    Deterrence Research is a Selling Point for Juvenile Justice Community Programs

    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently published a report by several researchers on the groundbreaking “Pathways to Desistance” project, which tracked about 1,300 serious juvenile offenders from the Phoenix and Philadelphia areas for seven years after conviction.