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California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year

9/17/2021

California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year

California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.

9/16/2021

State Agency Declares L.A.’s Juvenile Halls ‘Unsuitable for Confinement of Minors’

On Thursday, the California Board of State and Community Corrections found L.A. County’s Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall and Central Juvenile Hall out of compliance with state regulations. Photo by Jeremy Loudenback
Nine months after the state sued Los Angeles County over conditions for incarcerated youth, a California regulatory agency has determined that the county’s juvenile halls are “presently unsuitable for the confinement of minors.” 

Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention

9/15/2021

Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand therapeutic approaches to juvenile detention Wednesday, which includes mentorship, restorative justice programs and more time outdoors.

North Carolina Raises the Floor for Prosecution to 8 Years Old

9/15/2021

North Carolina Raises the Floor for Prosecution to 8 Years Old

Six- and 7-year-olds accused of committing felonies in North Carolina will no longer be prosecuted in criminal court under a juvenile justice bill Gov. Roy Cooper signed on Aug. 30.

Barred from Sending Probation and Foster Youth Out of State, California Officials Have Managed to Find Them Local Homes and Programs

9/2/2021

Barred from Sending Probation and Foster Youth Out of State, California Officials Have Managed to Find Them Local Homes and Programs

More than 130 children have been brought back to California and counties now have more than $100 million to develop in-state, locally based programs.

9/1/2021

Court Records Show COVID-19’s Psychological Toll on Puerto Rico’s Incarcerated Youth

As pandemic lockdowns dragged on, youth in lockups sought to harm themselves. A federal judge has called the situation "constitutionally unacceptable."

Ready or Not, There They Go

8/31/2021

Ready or Not, There They Go

In coming years, Washington's Department of Children, Youth, and Families will work to get transition-age youth ready to exit state systems.

Pittsburgh Detention Center Will Close Amid Violations

8/30/2021

Pittsburgh Detention Center Ordered to Close Next Month Amid Ongoing Violations

A juvenile detention center in Pittsburgh must close by Sept. 18 after findings that staff failed to correct major violations for years.

Illinois Governor Signs Juvenile Justice Bill Banning Isolation

8/25/2021

Illinois Governor Signs Juvenile Justice Bill Banning Isolation

Illinois youth in juvenile facilities may no longer be thrown into isolation or room confinement as a punishment for their behavior.