New York Governor Aims to Shut Down Nearly Empty Youth Prisons
The Democratic governor’s proposal is likely to get caught in a cross-current of expectations — from those advocating that the money saved be reinvested in youth services, to unions and legislators who will want to protect local jobs in state facilities whatever the cost.
Bay Area DA Calls for Closure of Juvenile Hall, Investing in Community Alternatives
Less than a week after joining dozens of other prosecutors, corrections officials and probation chiefs in signing an open letter calling for the closure of all youth prisons, one California district attorney took her first official step toward doing just that in her own county.
Juvenile Justice Systems Wrestle with How to Shrink the Number of Youth in Lock-Up as Pandemic Intensifies
After advocates pressed Los Angeles County health officials, the Department of Public Health will now inspect juvenile detention facilities administered by the county’s Probation Department. As health concerns for youth in detention mount, advocates in L.A.
New York City Court’s Coronavirus Plan Might Mean Longer Stays in Foster Care or Youth Detention
New pandemic directives from New York City court officials may lead to longer stays in juvenile detention or foster care for some young people, The Imprint has learned. A coronavirus response plan going into effect tomorrow describes how each borough will establish emergency courtrooms for high-stakes family hearings: newly filed juvenile delinquency cases, when pre-trial detention for youth will be contested; and certain child abuse and neglect hearings where a foster care placement is being challenged.
Outside the City, New York’s Youth Defendants Detained Far from Home
When defense attorney Michael Perehinec’s 16-year-old client was arrested in New York’s Tompkins County last spring, the judge at his arraignment decided to place him in state custody. The client faced violent felony charges, making it difficult, Perehinec said, to argue that he should be immediately released and supervised within the community before a trial.
Los Angeles Tackles an Overreliance on Pepper Spray in its Juvenile Halls
Los Angeles County continues to wrestle with the safety and well-being of youth in its juvenile detention facilities after a new report found the Probation Department has too often used pepper spray on youth.
Hawaii Governor Signs Slate of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Laws
This summer has seen a lot of action around youth-centric legislation in Hawaii. In July, Gov. David Ige (D) signed a number of new laws governing the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
After Feds Leave, Pepper Spray Use Skyrockets Again in L.A.’s Juvenile Justice System
Just a few years after Los Angeles County exited a monitoring agreement with the Department of Justice, the county’s probation department has seen a return of rampant use of pepper spray in settling altercations and other misbehavior at juvenile detention facilities.
Washington Weighs an End to Locking Kids Up for Truancy
As a teenager in foster care, Zack Zibrosky was detained eight times, five for running away from the same group home where some of the other kids had a history of aggressive behavior.
Gabriel, Oscar and Tyrone Struggle to Escape Juvenile Past through ‘Everyday Desistance’
When we first meet Gabriel, the 24-year-old from South Los Angeles seems to have turned a corner. After cycling through the juvenile justice system for much of his teenage years — including a six-month stay at a juvenile hall — the one-time gangbanger and drug dealer now has a well-paying job and a happy marriage.