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California Justices Hear Challenge to Law Keeping Young Teens Out of Adult Court

The California Supreme Court in session, before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the California Judicial Council
After a prolonged effort by county district attorneys to reverse a 2018 state law, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether children under age 16 can be prosecuted in adult court, regardless of the severity of their crime.


Los Angeles District Attorney-Elect George Gascón Vows to Stop Prosecuting Juveniles as Adults

While George Gascón campaigned on making law enforcement agencies more accountable to the community, he also shared a detailed juvenile justice platform. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback
Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón — who last week unseated incumbent prosecutor Jackie Lacey to be top cop in America’s second largest city — has vowed to act on his campaign pledge: Gascón has stated he will not pursue death penalty convictions and will “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.”



CNN’s Van Jones, Probation and Parole Leaders Endorse Call to Reduce and Reimagine Supervision

Taking a cue from a bourgeoning efforts to transform juvenile probation supervision, a group of justice reformers and agency leaders from across the country hopes to lower the nation’s reliance on adult probation and parole to provide what some call “mass supervision.”


On Alcatraz Island, A Testament to the Unseen Impact of Incarceration

In the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island, window panes that have broken in the years since the prison closed have been left shattered. Walking through the exhibit The Sentence Unseen: Portraits of Resilience, which opened there on June 13, the crumbling space could be seen as a reminder of the devastation to families when a parent goes to prison.