Juvenile Justice


Buffalo Recording Studio Offers Young Rappers in State Custody a Place to Express Freely 

Since 2019, Bridge Studios NY has welcomed detained youth, donating free studio time to facilitate hopes for the future. 

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New York’s Raise The Age Fund Receives More Money While Hundreds of Millions Remain Unspent

New York again allocated $250 million for the state’s Raise the Age initiative, despite hundreds of millions that still haven't been used.


“There Is No Juvenile Crime Wave…Period”

Criminologist Alex Piquero, who led the Bureau of Justice Statistics early in the Biden administration, joined us to discuss what the best available data shows about trends in youth crime before, during and after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York Juvenile Facility Psychologist Arrested for Years-long Sexual Assault


New York Juvenile Facility Psychologist Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

A psychologist working for the state has been arrested in New York on charges that she sexually assaulted eight detained youth.


Short-Staffed New York Juvenile Facilities Place Detained Youth at Risk, State Investigation Finds

An entrance to the Brookwood Secure Center for Youth in upstate New York. Photo by Steven Yoder.
Self-harm, drugs and violent incidents have skyrocketed in some of New York’s locked juvenile facilities, a state auditor has found, conditions driven by pandemic-fueled staffing shortages and higher populations following a sweeping reform that shifted older teens out of the adult justice system. 

Barry Krisberg, Lifelong Crusader for Youth Behind Bars, is Mourned Nationwide ​​


Barry Krisberg, Lifelong Crusader for Youth Behind Bars, is Mourned Nationwide

Longtime advocate for incarcerated youth Barry Krisberg died last month, but his work to overhaul juvenile justice continues to inform systemic reforms nationwide.


    Let’s Be Accountable About The Word ‘Accountability’

    Robin Campbell argues that the use of the term "accountability" as a watchword in youth justice policy is problematic


    No Parole for Youth With Life Sentences, California Supreme Court Rules

    The California Supreme Court last week upheld limits on when young people convicted of serious crimes are eligible for parole hearings.


    California Voters Begin Mailing in Ballots from Libraries, Senior Centers, and, Increasingly, from Juvenile Halls

    Voting drives are visible across California, but less seen are the state's ramped-up efforts to reach eligible voters in juvenile halls.