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The ‘Transfer Tax’: A Novel Attempt To Keep Youth Out of Adult Court

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the legislature are working on plans to close the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The days are numbered for California’s state-run juvenile justice system, as both the governor and legislature have gotten behind its closure.

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Michigan Raise The Age Law on Track to Pass, Leaving Three States with Juvenile Age Under 18

The number of states with a juvenile justice age below 18 stands at four, down from 14 states a decade ago. By the end of this legislative season, another one is likely to bite the dust.


Report Pitches Alternatives to Detention for Youth Charged as Adults

With fewer youth across the nation ending up in the adult criminal justice system, a report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) highlights ways to better serve youth charged as adults outside of detention.

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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.

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Big Takeaways from “Getting to Zero,” A Report on Youths in Adult Jails

“Getting to Zero,” a product of years of work by author Neelum Arya and law students at the UCLA Jail Removal Project, pieces together everything there is to know about one of the biggest blind spots in youth services: how many kids end up in adult jails, where are they, and why are they there?

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Another Year With No Knowledge on Kids in Adult Court

In Youth Services Insider’s opinion, there are two glaring blind spots when it comes to data about how the child welfare and juvenile justice systems impact kids. One is the success rate of adoptions from foster care.

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    19 States Have Narrowed Juvenile Involvement in Adult System Since 2015

    Since 2015, more than one-third of states have taken legislative action, executive action or both to limit the number of juvenile offenders who are exposed to adult court or adult incarceration facilities.

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    Federal Study on Transfers of Juveniles Delayed, Again

    For three straight years now, a federally-commissioned study on the transfer of juveniles into the criminal court system has been delayed. But it looks like we might finally see this thing in 2017.

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    S.10, Section 205: Jeff Sessions and Juvenile Justice

    In late September, during the first of three debates, President-Elect Donald Trump excoriated Hillary Clinton for her role in foreshadowing a wave of teenage “super predators” during her time as First Lady.