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Bipartisan Task Force Calls for Juvenile Justice Overhaul in Pennsylvania

7/8/2021

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.

A vote to close Maine's youth prison was successful, but the legislation has to be signed by the governor, a former prosecutor.

7/8/2021

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.

Lael E.H. Chester

7/8/2021

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 could end routine shackling of children in court.

7/1/2021

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.

6/29/2021

Advocates Tout Data Showing Raise the Age Laws Haven’t Overwhelmed States’ Juvenile Facilities

Raise the age laws have kept tens of thousands of young people out of adult prisons, according to a new national report from The Sentencing Project.
Roughly 100,000 fewer youth will enter the adult criminal justice system this year and in future years, as a result of a quiet but powerful reform movement known as “Raise the Age.” 

Los Angeles County Continues to Develop a Plan to Deter Juvenile Incarceration

6/29/2021

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.

out-of-state residential facilities

6/25/2021

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.

A vote to close Maine's youth prison was successful, but the legislation has to be signed by the governor, a former prosecutor.

6/17/2021

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.

Youth Services Insider
Data from the biennial census of juvenile incarceration was recently released.

6/17/2021

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.