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Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There
7/29/2015, National Public Radio
By Soraya Shockley
Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform…
Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment
7/28/2015, Huffington Post
By Rebecca Klein
Black students are more likely to be punished with suspensions, expulsions or referrals to law enforcement, a phenomenon that helps funnel kids into the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, white kids…
Prop. 47 Also Reduces Some Juvenile Offenses, State Court Rules
7/27/2015, Los Angeles Times
By Tony Perry
Now, after a major court decision last week, Alejandro's case may establish a precedent assuring juveniles throughout California the same reduced sentences and other treatment provided to adults…
Why Texas is Poised to Become a Model for Truancy Reform
7/23/2015, Status Offense Reform Center Blog
By Morgan Craven
The product of this bipartisan movement was House Bill 2398, signed by Governor Greg Abbott in June. Beginning September 1st, truancy will no longer be a criminal offense in Texas. Schools will have…
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves JJDPA Update
7/23/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen protections for youth who enter the criminal justice system cleared a key congressional committee today. The Senate Judiciary Committee…

Press releases

MacArthur Announces 20 Jurisdictions to Receive Funding to Reduce Jail Use
5/26/2015, MacArthur Foundation
By Staff
After a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions in 45 states and territories, MacArthur announced it is awarding 20 jurisdictions $150,000 grants…

Op-eds and essays

3 Steps to Reform Our Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems
7/27/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Alton Pitre
Our criminal justice system “remains particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” said President Obama in his speech at the NAACP’s 106th National Convention in Philadelphia July…
More Data Needed on New Group ‘Emerging Adults’
7/6/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Inspired by the same brain research that preceded the nationwide movement to reform our juvenile justice system, the term “emerging adults” has gained currency as the term denoting ages…
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