Juvenile Justice


Sticker Shock: The Cost of New York’s Youth Prisons Approaches $1 Million Per Kid
The Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack, New York, is one of 11 locked juvenile facilities operated by the Office of Children and Family Services. Photo: Steven Yoder

A dozen years ago, New York state revealed that taxpayers were shelling out $140,000 to $200,000 each year to house each young person in the state’s juvenile facilities.


Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation
Ventura County Juvenile Facilities Complex. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Probation Department

As California prepares for a major shake-up of its juvenile justice system, a new report suggests that counties are increasingly relying on jail-like juvenile halls to hold youth for long periods of time on indeterminate sentences.

Youth Services Insider


Biden Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Leaders: Some Logical Candidates

Team Biden has already started to fill in White House leadership amidst what promises to be the most awkward transition in modern history. It won’t be long until it’s time to start filling in nominees across the executive branch, including some of the key positions on child welfare and juvenile justice. 

Youth Services Insider


Juvenile Justice System Groups Picked for Training in Positive Youth Development

A leading philanthropy this week announced the next group of organizations to receive training aimed at encouraging juvenile justice professionals to embrace and spread the principles of positive youth development.

In the view of the reformers, frontline staff should be less concerned with sternly enforcing rules to keep kids in line and more about building on the strengths and assets that they and their families bring to the table.


Federal Settlement Protects Disabled Young Detainees’ Right to Special Education Services

For more than a decade, hundreds of disabled students locked up in a large Georgia jail have not been getting the special education services they’re entitled to under federal law, but that may soon start to change.


COVID-19 Prevention Measures Lacking in California Youth Prisons

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Federal Oversight May Return to Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx
Starting in Octobe 2018, New York City stopped using Rikers Island’s jails to detain juveniles, instead using the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx (pictured).

Limited federal oversight looks likely to return to New York City’s Horizon Juvenile Center, a move that comes a few months after the city phased responsibility for some kids at the center out of the hands of its Department of Correction.


Los Angeles District Attorney-Elect George Gascón Vows to Stop Prosecuting Juveniles as Adults

Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón — who last week unseated incumbent prosecutor Jackie Lacey to be top cop in America’s second largest city — has vowed to act on his campaign pledge: Gascón has stated he will not pursue death penalty convictions and will “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.”


L.A. Voters OK Huge Investment in Community-Building Model of Public Safety
A June protest calling for L.A. city and county leaders to provide funding for youth development programs. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

Los Angeles County voters have handily approved a ballot measure that requires the county to dedicate at least 10% of its unrestricted funds to youth development and other community investments as well as alternatives to incarceration rather than law enforcement and jail.