juvenile justice reform

Colorado Considers a Raise the Age Youth Justice Bill


Some New York Prosecutors Expect a Tricky Year Ahead on Raise the Age

When Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the juvenile justice law known as “Raise the Age” in April 2017, advocates celebrated that New York would finally catch up to other states moving 16- and 17-year-olds out of adult courts and lockups.


Top Stories of 2018: Momentum for Justice Reform

Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll count down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. In each, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage of this issue.


Scathing Report of Award-Winning Detention Camp Questions Progress of L.A. Juvenile Justice Reform

Campus Kilpatrick, the $53 million juvenile detention camp where Los Angeles County is spearheading its reform agenda, is facing scrutiny following a scathing report from a member of the probation department’s independent oversight commission.


Bill Would Prohibit California from Sending Youth Under 16 to Adult Courts

A violent riot broke out in the yard on Michael Mendoza’s very first day in a state prison — a stark wake-up call to his new reality. At age 15, Mendoza had been tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

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Reading Between the Lines, Justice Dept. Supports Closing Juvenile Prisons

She didn’t provide the kind of neatly-wrapped, unequivocal stuff of memes. But Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, facing unemployment in a few months, essentially threw Justice Department support behind the movement to eliminate large juvenile justice facilities in the United States.

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California Juvenile Justice Advocates Push Ballot Measure

Juvenile-justice advocates in California are making a concerted push to gather signatures for a ballot measure that could decrease the number of juveniles tried in adult courts. In January, Governor Jerry Brown introduced the initiative for the November ballot as a way to redress several longstanding criminal justice issues at both the adult and juvenile levels.


    What’s Annie E. Casey Doing for Kids and Families with Its Full-Court Press?

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation has real-life origins that explain its deeply child-focused approach. Jim Casey, who made his fortune starting UPS, named the foundation for his mother, Annie E. Casey, a single parent who struggled to raise him and his three siblings.


    Certificate Program Available for Those Interested in Working with Crossover Youth

    The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University is accepting applications to its Multi-System Integration Certificate Program until the end of the month, March 28. The idea of the program is to bring together current and future leaders to increase their knowledge about multi-system reform efforts related to crossover youth, a term used to describe youths who have been or are involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice system.