U.S. Department of Justice

FBI Looking Into In-custody Death of a Kansas Teen in Foster Care


Justice Department: Youths’ Constitutional Rights Violated at Connecticut-run Lockup

A two-year federal probe has uncovered evidence that residents of a state-run juvenile lockup in Connecticut were improperly punished with solitary confinement and systematically deprived of mental health services and schooling.


Report: Juvenile Arrest Rate Has Plummeted, but Racial Disparities Remain

The number of youth arrested in America has been cut in half in the past 10 years, though an alarming racial disproportionality still exists when it comes to arrests for violent crimes, according to a report released by the U.S.


California Bill to End Crippling Administrative Fees for Juveniles in the Justice System

California State Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) recently introduced a bill to eliminate administrative fees across the state for young people involved in the juvenile justice system.


Good Riddance to Term ‘Child Prostitute’

As a children’s social worker I believe the term “child prostitute” is inaccurate, misleading and should be removed from the conversation when discussing issues of sexually trafficked children. Thankfully the Associated Press now agrees.


Prosecuting Youth as Adults Fails to Address Trauma

by Nisha Ajmani  Mark*, age 17, is one of many California adolescents currently detained in juvenile hall anxiously awaiting a judicial decision on whether they will be prosecuted as juveniles or adults.