juvenile justice


Thu April 19, 2012

Lead juvenile justice expert says state facilities should stay open

For more than thirty years, it's been Barry Krisberg's priority to fight for reforms in California's state juvenile correctional facilities, known as the California Youth Authority (CYA) or Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). And now a change is coming at the DJJ. 

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Tue March 27, 2012

Juvenile Life Without Parole: U.S. Supreme Court Reconsiders

Courtesy of turnstylenews.com

Back in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sentencing juveniles to life without parole for any crimes besides murder is cruel and unusual punishment.This week the high court took another look at life in prison, except this time for juveniles under the age of 14 convicted of homicide.

NPR reports that currently 79 people are serving life terms for crimes committed when they were 14 or younger. Justice Anthony Kennedy is expected to be the deciding vote on a decision expected by early summer.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Correcting youth corrections in California

Paso Robles Youth Corrections Facility
Courtesy of Flickr user Shawn Thorpe.

This week, US Supreme Court took up the issue of life without parole for juvenile offenders. The question for the justices is whether children who commit murder should have the chance at some point in their lives to prove they should be let free.

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Mon March 19, 2012
Cops & Courts

What’s working in juvenile justice

Downtown Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, a facility known for innovations in juvenile justice
Rina Palta

A note to readers and listeners: only the first names of children are used in this story.

Christian is 15 years old. And like many teenagers, he’s made some mistakes. “Kinda stupid stuff,” he says. “Like vandalism. Not necessarily graffiti or anything. But yeah. Vandalism.”

And he got caught.

“It’s funny, one little incident can change everybody’s opinion of you,” Christian says. “Like, everybody. At school, like the teachers, from the students, to your family and stuff. But I try not to look at it as a negative or anything.”

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