Report Details Abuse at For-Profit Youth Residential Centers


California Leaders Grapple with How to Keep Troubled Youth From Being Sent Out of State

Josiah, 19, at Phoenix Green Park in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Josiah spent one year at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle
Answering for its yearslong failure to protect hundreds of young people housed at dangerous out-of-state residential treatment centers, the California Legislature is now tackling how to better serve its most troubled youth on probation and in foster care — closer to their homes, families and communities.


After Abuse Probe, Another Sequel-run Program that Housed California Youth Will Close

One of the nation’s largest youth residential treatment programs is shutting down after California officials, prompted by a San Francisco Chronicle and Imprint investigation into rampant abuse allegations, decided to stop sending vulnerable children there.

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Youth Drive New York City’s George Floyd Protests Into Day 10, But Most Arrests Aren’t Juveniles, Early Data Suggests

Protests and vigils continued in New York and nationwide on Wednesday, nine days after the brutal killing of George Floyd, an African American man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis.


California Courts Must Hold Some Child Welfare Hearings, Try to Continue In-Person Family Visits

California county courts must continue to hold hearings on cases where children are in foster care or have been placed in juvenile detention, and child welfare systems must try to facilitate in-person visits for separated families, according to new rules approved today by the California Judicial Council. 


Minnesota Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Courts Will Stay Open

Effective today, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that child welfare and juvenile justice cases will proceed apace, but will rely mostly on video and telephonic interaction. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said that all cases of a “super high” or “high” priority will continue as normal.

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Michigan Raise The Age Law on Track to Pass, Leaving Three States with Juvenile Age Under 18

The number of states with a juvenile justice age below 18 stands at four, down from 14 states a decade ago. By the end of this legislative season, another one is likely to bite the dust.


    Hearings: Nadia Wants to Go Home

      Nadia* stared down at the floor more or less throughout the pretrial hearing, blocking out the family members and the lawyers around her at the table in a small Wayne County, Mich.,


    Report Offers Blueprint for Building Better Juvenile Representation System

    Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s In re Gault decision that established the right of children to counsel in juvenile court. In opening the way for a system of legal representation for youth in the juvenile justice system, the court famously declared that “[u]nder our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court.”

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    Obama’s New Juvenile Justice Rules: What To Know

    The Justice Department last week published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly.