What’s New in Juvenile Justice? January 29 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
January 29, 2016

Do you need to catch up on juvenile justice news? We’ve compiled a list of recent news stories, so you can be up to date about what’s going on in juvenile justice.

Following a six-month investigation by the Department of Justice, President Barack Obama has banned the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the president included that he hopes the policy will be a model for state and local corrections systems.

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) is among a number of national organizations developing strategies to end solitary confinement for all youths in custody at federal, state and local levels.

California Governor Jerry Brown announced his support for the state’s Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, a reform plan which prohibits district attorneys from charging suspects under 18 as adults.

In the decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana this week the Supreme Court ruled its 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama can be applied retroactively, allowing former teen offenders with life-without-parole sentences a chance for resentencing.

Thirteen additional counties in Indiana will join the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) this year to improve outcomes of youths in the juvenile justice system.

The SparkAction.org JJDPA Matters Blog Project featured a post this week on the 10 Ways a Reauthorized JJDPA Would Improve Young Lives, Communities.