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.


Rights Relinquished: How 25 Hours Became 21 Years for Jerome Dixon

A California bill seeks to protect the rights of minors in high-pressure interrogation situations during criminal investigations. On July 25th, 1990, the course of Jerome Dixon’s life changed forever. After 25 hours of interrogation, the then 17-year-old Oakland youth would find himself sentenced to decades in prison.


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #9: Ensure Re-Entry Provision in Extended Foster Care

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


Focus on the Figures: Re-Entry into Foster Care

Every other week, The Imprint features one key indicator from, which offers comprehensive data about the health and well-being of children across California. This installment of “Focus on the Figures” examines the rate at which youths return to foster care after an attempt at family reunification.


Louisiana Budget Bill Would Erase Juvenile Justice Contracts for Community Programs

The Louisiana State Senate will take up this week a budget bill that would take the state out of juvenile justice-related community services, at a time when local governments are unlikely to fill such a gap.