Juvenile Justice


Rocky Start for Washington Law Forbidding Discharges to Homelessness
A state law passed in 2018 was supposed to end the practice of youth exiting foster care into homelessness, and better protect homeless youth who are at risk of physical and sexual assault, human trafficking and emotional trauma.


Los Angeles CASA Leader Departs to Head New Probation Oversight Effort

Wendelyn Julien, the CEO of Los Angeles County’s Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, is stepping down from her position at the end of the month after she was chosen to lead a new local office that will oversee the Probation Department.


State, L.A. Agree on Plan to Improve Conditions of Juvenile Detention

More than two years after the California Department of Justice launched an investigation into deficient and inhumane conditions in Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention facilities, the county and its school district settled on plans to clean up the problems over the next four years.


California Budgets $8 Million to Bring Youth Home from Troubled Facilities

California will spend more than $8 million to find safer homes for children returning from troubled out-of-state residential programs, in response to a Chronicle and Imprint investigation into rampant reports of abuse at the facilities.


Youth Justice Leader Brings Love for Hometown to Rochester
Kwamaine Much, 31, in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Much

In September, Kwamaine Much was just starting his new job in his hometown of Rochester, New York, when the need for his work as a youth advocate became all too apparent: Protesters flooded the streets chanting the name of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after Rochester police suffocated him while he was in the midst of a mental health crisis.


New York Legislators Again Push to Allow Easier Juvenile Record-Sealing
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D), the sponsor of new legislation on sealing the records of juveniles. Photo: MTA New York City Transit

In 2002, a then 16-year-old Aminta Williams got into a fight with a neighborhood acquaintance near her home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.


Governor’s Virus-Driven Budget Driven by Unexpected Tax Surplus
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a spending plan Friday that includes billions of dollars to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, a modest boost to some safety-net programs for vulnerable children and families and a plan to get more of the state’s most vulnerable students back in the classroom.


New York Governor’s Task Force Calls ‘Raise The Age’ a Success, But Racial Disparities Persist
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs Raise the Age legislation in 2017. Photo courtesy of the governor’s office.

Just three years ago, nearly 3,000 juveniles served time in adult prison or jails across New York state.


Bill Would Raise Age of Criminal Responsibility to 18 in Texas
State Rep. Harold Dutton (D) has introduced a bill that would include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system.

Texas is one of the last states to treat all 17-year-olds as adults in the eyes of the law.