juvenile justice system

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A Profile of a Prisoner in Solitary

There have been significant prison reform efforts in recent years in California. Reforms have addressed issues around sentencing of non-violent crimes, the trying of juveniles and greater scrutiny on the use of solitary confinement.


Developing a Trauma-Informed Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions

From the report: “Many youth end up in the juvenile justice system, not because of the seriousness of their crime but because appropriate community-based treatments and services to address their specific needs are lacking, their conditions have not been recognized, or the relevant service systems are not coordinating effectively.


Jurisdictions with Flexible Federal Funds Can Better Invest in Families and Communities

When a child welfare agency determines that a child is “unsafe” or the juvenile justice system determines a youth is “too dangerous,” he or she is often taken out of their home and placed in a foster care or group home setting.


Ready to Work: L.A.’s Systems-Involved Youth Build Careers

During a recent St. Anne’s meeting for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Los Angeles, seven students learned the difference between a resume and a cover letter. It is a particularly important distinction for these young women, all between the ages of 15 and 18, who are trying to juggle parenting and high school with their eventual careers.


The Shadows of Nikki

By Christine D. Patterson Child abuse is a silent stigma for many children around the world. While composing the manuscript for The Shadows of Nikki, I, the author, went through numerous emotional states; I also felt deep empathy for this woman.


Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Juveniles is a Deal Breaker

“Audrie’s Law” stalled in the California State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety  this morning due to the growing opposition against the bill’s mandatory sentencing requirements for juveniles convicted of sexually assaulting unconscious or disabled victims.


    A Practice Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform: Noncitizen Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

    This practice guide provides a crash course on working with noncitizen youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The report demonstrates how noncitizen youth are unfairly treated based on their immigration status and gives a broad overview of the key concepts, procedures and laws regarding noncitizen youth as they apply to the juvenile justice system.