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Juvenile Justice News

New York: Rikers to Ban Isolation for Inmates 21 and Younger

New York Times

New York City officials agreed on Tuesday to a plan that would eliminate the use of solitary confinement for all inmates 21 and younger, a move that would place the long-troubled Rikers Island complex at the forefront of national jail reform efforts.

Next “Raise the Age” battle will be making sure some felonies remain in law

As legislation to raise the juvenile age of prosecution gains steam, advocates are preparing for their next big hurdle in getting a law on the books.

NFL players use attention over protests to push for change

The controversy over protests during the national anthem at NFL games last season helped propel issues of racial inequality and social injustice to the forefront and gave athletes a stronger voice to bring about change, current and former players said Friday.

No Clear Link Between Juvenile Crime Spree, Legal Reforms

A recent spate of serious juvenile crime, including a string of car thefts in which offenders fled police at high speeds and the slaying of an innocent 63-year-old man in Hartford, represent one of the most serious and brazen outbreaks in years.

North Carolina ‘Raise the Age’ Bill Could Leave New York Behind

Criminal justice reform advocates frequently note that New York and North Carolina are the only two states to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for non-violent offenses.

North Carolina: NC public defenders rally against racial disparities in justice system (The State)

Public defenders from across North Carolina gathered around a Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Charlotte on Friday to decry racial inequities in the justice system. The attorneys, who get a close-up view of what's happening in the courts and jails across the state, called for a system free of racial inequality, discrimination and bias.

Obama’s New Juvenile Justice Rules: What To Know

The Justice Department last week published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly. 

OHIO: Ohio Juvenile Prisons Reduced Use of Seclusion Last Year (Ohio.com)

After being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice, Ohio's juvenile justice agency reduced the solitary confinement of its young inmates last year.A new report by the Ohio Department of Youth Services shows seclusion of inmates declined by more than 66 percent in 2014 from the previous year.

Old, failed remedies won't reduce Baltimore crime

There is no denying that last year was a historically violent year in Baltimore. A shift in crime patterns meant that portions of the city not accustomed to high rates of crime saw increases in both crimes and arrests. The narrative around this increase in crime quickly focused on “out of control youth.” But the numbers tell a more complicated story.

On “Vice,” a “Wire” Alum’s Thoughtful Study of Juvenile Mass Incarceration

Raised in the System,” the first episode of the new season of HBO’s news-magazine series “Vice,” provides an insightful look at juvenile mass incarceration in the United States, managing a tone that’s both grave and encouraging. Our guide is the actor and activist Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on “The Wire.” Williams grew up in the Vanderveer projects, in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and has been visiting incarcerated loved ones since age seventeen. In 2014, when Williams was appointed the A.C.L.U. ambassador for ending mass incarceration, he told me about some relatives in the system; in the documentary, we meet his nephew Dominic, who at nineteen was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for second-degree murder, and his cousin Niven, who entered the prison system at the age of fourteen. Felicia Pearson, who played Snoop on “The Wire,” talks about her experience, as a teen-ager, in a maximum-security prison for adults, and we meet youth mentors from Richmond, California, and a juvenile-court judge from Toledo, Ohio, who help at-risk teens and ex-offenders navigate their lives. If you happen to associate Vice with the kind of work that drew the Times media reporter David Carr’s scorn in the documentary “Page One,” from 2011, “Raised in the System” will come as a welcome surprise.

Once Rikers Island Took Kalief Browder’s Life, His Siblings Knew Their Mother Was Next

Ms. Venida Browder’s house collected sounds that cemented lifelong memories within its walls. In her Bronx abode, the matriarch raised seven children who would go on to keep the seams in tact in the fabric of family. Sounds of fun times passed through every nook of the two-floor house, but sounds of despair also found a space within her home.

One lawn at a time: D.C. seniors get help from juvenile offenders headed home

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) helped mow 81-year-old Evelyn Young’s lawn Saturday to raise awareness about a new city program in which youths reentering society after time in the juvenile justice system provide lawn-care services for senior citizens.

Oops, We Took 20 Years of Your Life by Mistake. Have a Nice Day.

The recent and tragic suicide of my friend and fellow exoneree Darryl Hunt is a stark reminder that no monetary compensation can make up for the psychological toll of wrongful conviction. When a wrongfully convicted person is released from prison, it’s often to a throng of reporters clamoring to capture images of an emotional reunion with his smiling family and friends, and lawyers. These images instill a sense of vindication and a happy ending. But what is too often unseen is how difficult it is to re-enter society after years or decades of confinement -- especially if you are innocent. These are the unseen scars, and too many states pay them inadequate attention, or none at all.

Op-Ed: Our Work To Reform The Juvenile Justice System Is Not Yet Complete

Over the last few years, evidence-based reforms at the local, state, and national level have endeavored to reverse some of the harmful laws and policies that emerged during the tough-on-crime decades.

Opinion | Juvenile justice that restores families

Guiding and protecting young people is one of our most morally significant obligations as a society. That’s precisely the goal of the juvenile justice system. Understanding that young people make mistakes, we seek to hold them accountable while offering a chance for transformation.

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