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Bipartisan Task Force Calls for Juvenile Justice Overhaul in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system needs an overhaul to address pervasive violence and racial disparities, according to a bipartisan task force report.
Maine Governor Vetoes Closure of State’s Only Juvenile Lockup
Maine Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed the closure of the state’s only lockup youth facility, saying that shuttering it would pose a threat to public safety.
Emerging Adults Need a Justice System Guided by Facts
The legal system must be guided by data and facts. Too often, our justice policy decisions are driven by a gut instinct to punish, writes Lael E.H. Chester.
Minnesota Lawmakers Could End Routine Shackling of Children in Court
Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for lawmakers who want to ban the routine shackling of juvenile defendants in Minnesota courtrooms. Every year since 2013, legislation to do so has fallen short.
Advocates Tout Data Showing Raise the Age Laws Haven’t Overwhelmed States’ Juvenile Facilities
Los Angeles Seeks to Delay Sweeping Juvenile Justice Reform Plan
Los Angeles County officials this week committed to a scaled-back version of the Youth Justice Reimagined Plan, a sweeping proposal to transform its juvenile justice system.
California Lawmakers Consider Permanent Ban on Sending Youth to Out-of-State Treatment Centers
Legislation pending in the California Legislature would permanently bar child welfare and juvenile justice authorities from sending troubled youth to out-of-state residential facilities.
Maine Lawmakers Vote to Close Youth Prison
Maine lawmakers voted narrowly to close the state’s only juvenile prison, but it’s not clear the governor, a former prosecutor, will let it happen.
Biennial Juvenile Incarceration Census Data Released
The latest federal numbers on juvenile incarceration have been released via the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, a data set updated for the Department of Justice every two years by the National Center for Juvenile Justice.