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Raise the Age: Where Legislation Stands in The Final Three States

Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin are the last three states that still view all 17-year-olds as adults in the eyes of the law, and proposals are moving through each of their legislatures that would raise the minimum age to 18 except for the most violent crimes.



The Virtues of Virtual
The Kings County Family Court Building in Brooklyn. Photo: Hiram Duran

Since last March, judges and lawyers in youth and family courts across New York state have been scrambling, like judicial officers around the country, to keep their cases moving along on virtual platforms.

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$1 Million to Fund New Phase of Fight Against Solitary Confinement for Youth
Image courtesy of the Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign

A nearly $1 million charitable contribution to the national campaign to end the use of solitary confinement on youth in adult and juvenile detention will enable backers to launch several new approaches to that effort.


Historic Board Vote Transforms Policing in Los Angeles Schools
Activists swarmed the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District last summer in an effort to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

In a historic move, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to transform its school police force, eliminating more than 100 positions and stationing the remaining officers off campus.


States Jump on New Chance to Target Most-Vulnerable Youth for Job Training

As the pandemic continues to hobble a devastated economy, two Western states are working to make sure that federal funds available for helping young people get jobs reach those who have grown up in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.


Los Angeles Unified Explores Alternatives to School Police
Protesters led by Students Deserve, a youth-led group representing LAUSD students, urged the school board to defund its school police department on June 23. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

More than half a year after voting to slash $25 million from its school police department, the Los Angeles Unified School District board will decide on Tuesday how to use that money to support Black students and promote safety on campus.


Houston Region Funds Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration
Assata Richards of the Redefining Youth Justice Coalition. Photo courtesy of University of Houston

In the third-most-populous county in America, the time for merely talking about youth justice reform is over. 

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Youth Justice Advocates, Attorneys Plot Path Forward In Biden Era

On Friday, one of the nation’s preeminent scientists on race and policing and a top juvenile public defender in Washington, D.C., had a public discussion that started with a controversial, yet familiar policing scenario.


Calls for Reform Follow Rochester Police Pepper-Spraying a 9-Year-Old Girl
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren speaks at a press conference about an incident involving the pepper-spraying of a 9-year-old girl by one of the city’s police officers. Photo: YouTube

The response to Rochester police handcuffing and pepper-spraying a fourth-grade girl has been swift: New York state and local lawmakers are joining youth justice advocates to demand systemic changes in how police treat kids.