Courthouse News Service: Congressmen Rally Behind Juvenile-Justice Reform

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 16, 2017

http://courthousenews.com/congressmen-rally-behind-juvenile-justice-reform/
WASHINGTON (CN) – In something of a departure for Capitol Hill these days, advocates of juvenile-justice reform faced little opposition Wednesday in pushing members of a House subcommittee to revive a bill that never made it out of the Senate last year.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevent Act would have allowed state and local agencies to help at-risk youth avoid the criminal-justice system by developing alternative programs and “evidence-based strategies.”

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From the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Rehabilitation Over Incarceration.  By John Holland

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — A large majority of Americans say the juvenile justice system must place more emphasis on rehabilitating youthful offenders and focus far less on punishment and prison, according to a survey released today.

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PbS Perspective January 2017: Using PbS and Research to Improve Education and Recidivism Outcomes

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
February 03, 2017

Performance-based Standards (PbS) presents the next in a series of publications that offers a snapshot of the conditions of confinement and quality of life in secure facilities. This week, PbS published the PbS Perspective January 2017.

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Adult Courts Degrade Health of Juveniles, Their Families, California Study Finds

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 08, 2017

A wide-ranging study of youth incarceration in California outlines what it calls the debilitating effects on the health of teens, their families and society when youthful offenders are tried and sentenced as adults.

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The Texas Tribune: Juvenile justice advocates look to raise age of criminal responsibility to 18

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 02, 2017

1-30-17     Johnathan Silver    

Seventeen-year-olds can't vote, join the military or buy cigarettes or alcohol, but they're treated as adults in criminal cases in Texas. About 200 people rallied at the Capitol on Monday to change that.

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