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.


Youth Development Versus Criminalization: Investing In Los Angeles’ Young People

This month, three juvenile justice advocacy groups released “Building a Positive Future for L.A.’s Youth: Re-imagining Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles With an Investment in Youth Development.” The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, L.A.

Photo: Human Rights Project for Girls, "The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story"


“The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline”: Report Highlights Schools’ Role

When Sasha was in high school, she was raped. Two years later, she had dropped out of high school and was arrested on petty theft charges. According to a recent report entitled “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” Sasha’s experience at school in the assault’s aftermath was the catalyst for these consequences.


Reforming Marijuana Laws: Which Approach Best Reduces the Harms of Criminalization? A Five-State Analysis

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) came out with a new analysis about marijuana reforms which is gaining traction across the nation. The CJCJ sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of two approaches to marijuana law reform: decriminalization for all ages, versus legalization for people 21 and over.