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Cornyn’s PREA Penalty Amendment: What’s Five Percent of Zero?

Yesterday, Senate Judiciary Committee member John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced an amendment to a bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. Which would be relatively unremarkable, except that the amendment deals a huge blow to a totally separate federal law.


Senate Committee Moves on Homeless Youth, Offender Reentry and PREA Before Recess

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on homeless youth, offender reentry and prisoner safety today, setting both bills up for consideration on the floor when Congress returns from recess after the November elections.


Office of Juvenile Justice Releases New Training/Technical Assistance RFP

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention issued its broad solicitation for training and technical services this week, a large contract meant to replace a number of smaller projects on singular issues including youth in custody, state advisory groups and racial disparities.


Group Challenges D.C. to Reduce Juvenile Transfers to Adult Court, Jails

A national organization called this week for Washington, D.C. to drastically curb the number of juvenile offenders who are tried as adults, jailed before trial and incarcerated in adult prisons. “D.C.

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YSI: National Partnership for Juvenile Services, Day Two

Day Two of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services annual symposium. It’s Youth Services Insider’s last day in Louisville, the city that bourbon built. As a UConn basketball fan, it’s been painful to walk by the home court of our rival and current national champion on the walk to the conference every day from our room at the EconoLodge.

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Why Massachusetts’ Age-Raise Matters

Massachusetts has long had a good reputation for its low reliance on secure settings and for its development-minded approach to secure services. It will now include 17-year-olds, who have long been considered adults in the Bay State, in its juvenile justice system.


    It’s Your Turn Governors: Implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act

    By Liz Ryan In a statement issued by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy this week, he called the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) a “watershed piece of legislation” because “the punishment of incarceration does not, and cannot, include a sentence of rape.


    Group Disputes Justice Dept. Numbers on Youths Victimized in Adult Lockup

    A national group advocating for the removal of juveniles from adult facilities is disputing a Justice Department report released today that finds juveniles are sexually victimized no more often than adults in jails and prisons.


    Prison Rape Law’s Potential Impacts on Juvenile Justice…If States Comply

    A couple weeks back, we discussed the looming deadline for juvenile justice facilities to start complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which took about 10 years to go from “bill signed into law” to “law you have to comply with.”