What’s New in Juvenile Justice? June 3 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
June 03, 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.

Performance-based Standards (PbS) shared the story of the successes of 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen finalist Southwest Utah Youth Center- Detention.

PbS also showcased additional finalists in the 2016 Kids Got Talent Contest, including eight exceptionally talented youths from Illinois Youth Center- Warrenville in Illinois, Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana and Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Kansas.

The Washington Juvenile Rehabilitation division implemented a Job Readiness to Employment Project to improve employment outcomes for incarcerated youth.

South Carolina State House and State Senate voted unanimously to pass legislation that would raise the age for juvenile offenders to 17.

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont signed a law this week to incrementally raise the Age of Youthful Offender status from 17 to 21 over the next two years.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last Friday that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder.

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court expanded the number of former juvenile offenders who are eligible for resentencing.

The proposed House spending bill would eliminate funding next year for a couple of key juvenile justice programs.

The National Juvenile Defender Center launched a campaign last month called Gault at 50, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the In re Gault decision, to improve access for juveniles to quality legal counsel.