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Illinois State House Signs off on Redirecting Most Youth Under 17 From Adult Court

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By James Swift and Safiya Merchant (UPDATE: The Illinois House approved has signed off on a bill  that would place more 17-year-olds in the state’s juvenile courts – steering more youth away from the adult system. As it is in Illinois, youth under 17 that are, in most cases, charged with felonies are tried as adults..…[more]

A Tale of Two State Houses

A Tale of Two State Houses

Two recent stories on the JJIE show the contrasting approaches that states have taken to address last year’s Miller vs. Alabama decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. If you aren’t familiar with the …[more]

The Anatomy of Effective Reform

The Anatomy of Effective Reform

Reform takes on many faces—sometimes the face of legislation, other times it smiles through a landmark court decision, but often times it’s the scowling face of grassroots advocacy tapping on …[more]

Prisons are no Place for Profit

Prisons are no Place for Profit

The Times Tribune published an article Tuesday outlining the final report of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille covering changes in how the state’s juvenile and appell…[more]

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Illinois State House Signs off on Redirecting Most Youth Under 17 From Adult Court

Illinois State House Signs off on Redirecting Most Youth Under 17 From Adult Court

By James Swift and Safiya Merchant (UPDATE: The Illinois House approved has signed off on a bill  that would place more 17-year-olds in the state’s juvenile courts – steering more youth away from the adult system. As it is in Illinois, youth un…[more]

VIDEO: Program Gives the Gift of Music to Young People on Probation

VIDEO: Program Gives the Gift of Music to Young People on Probation

A shy teenager held the microphone tight in his hand, his St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap pulled low over his eyes. His voice cracked and he stumbled over his words as he thanked everyone for coming to the show. It was the first time the boy, Mathew…[more]

States Consider Armed Police in Schools

States Consider Armed Police in Schools

When news about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School hit last December, New Jersey police chief Vincent Caruso’s mind started turning. As the head of the police department and a member of the School Board in Lodi, a town of about 25,…[more]

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Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Juvenile Code Rewrite

Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Juvenile Code Rewrite

Proposals for a juvenile code re-write were approved Wednesday by Georgia’s state Senate Judiciary Committee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Last month, the state House passed House Bill 242 (HB 242) with unanimous approval. The proposed…[more]

In Kentucky, Juvenile Offenders’ Names Could be Shared After Adjudication

In Kentucky, Juvenile Offenders’ Names Could be Shared After Adjudication

On Monday, members of the Kentucky House passed a bill that would allow victims in juvenile court trials to discuss a case once a verdict is rendered, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. House Bill 115 swept through the House with unanimous appro…[more]

Georgia Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Clears Committee

Georgia Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Clears Committee

A major reformation of Georgia’s juvenile justice system took a significant step toward passage in the state’s General Assembly Tuesday after it was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee. As JJIE reported earlier this month, the 244-page Hou…[more]

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TV Series Brings Neighbors Together to Help Family in Crisis

TV Series Brings Neighbors Together to Help Family in Crisis

Back in the fall of 2011, kids bullied Alycin Mabry so severely that her mom decided to home school the Atlanta 14-year-old. At the time, her mom Annise Mabry saw homeschooling as the shining answer the family needed. But today, Mabry says, it’s cl…[more]

Healing Words: Creative Writing Programs as Therapy for Kids in Detention

Healing Words: Creative Writing Programs as Therapy for Kids in Detention

ANNISTON, Ala. — Mercy Pilkington’s classroom, at first glance, seems like any other in the nation’s public school system. Novels penned by John Steinbeck and Harper Lee are stacked over a U-shaped row of cubicles. The walls are lined with …[more]

Report Finds That Reasonable Video Visitation Policies in Prisons Benefit Children

Report Finds That Reasonable Video Visitation Policies in Prisons Benefit Children

The jail in Washington, D.C., recently began to allow family members to visit inmates by video conference. The problem is, in-person meetings are no longer permitted. The only way families can see each other now is by sitting in front of a computer s…[more]

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Criminologists’ Critique Questions NRA Task Force School Safety Strategy

Criminologists’ Critique Questions NRA Task Force School Safety Strategy

Journal article calls gun lobby plan ‘superficially simple’ Originally published at The Center for Public Integrity Two professors at Marshall University in West Virginia who are studying incarcerated school shooters and one professor at …[more]

Agreement Between Denver Schools and Police Alter Role of Officers, Called Historic, Significant

Agreement Between Denver Schools and Police Alter Role of Officers, Called Historic, Significant

On Tuesday, representatives from the Denver police department and public school system signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) significantly altering the roles of police officers in local schools. The new contract redefines student offenses, sepa…[more]

School Resource Officers: A Topic of Hot Debate, Even Prior to Sandy Hook

School Resource Officers: A Topic of Hot Debate, Even Prior to Sandy Hook

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., intense public debate has focused on protecting students – and the role of student resource officers (SROs), in particular – in the event of fut…[more]