What’s New in Juvenile Justice? April 8 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
April 08, 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.

Representative Joseph Kennedy III was a keynote speaker at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Probation System Reform Symposium and spoke of juvenile justice as an urgent civil rights issue.

A bill will be up for a vote in the state Senate in Louisiana to raise the age to include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system.

Lawmakers in Connecticut and Illinois are considering raising the age of juvenile justice to 20, to suit the needs of young adults.

President Barack Obama participated in the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit to discuss a series of public health initiatives related to the opioid and heroin epidemic and stressed that addiction is a disease and not a moral failure.

The Capital Area Reentry Council and the Community Success Initiative in North Carolina host a resource fair once a month to help connect formerly incarcerated youths and adults with community services.

The Regenerations Program gives dual status youth the trauma-informed care and community connections needed for positive development.

The Opportunity Institute and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center have awarded seven grants to support college education programs for current and former prisoners.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Columnist, Retired Judge George Timberlake, shines a light on the overlooked issue of false confessions encouraged by coercive interrogation techniques.