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Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law
4/22/2014, Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising…
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change Announces Suicide Prevention Resources, Month-Long Suicide Prevention Campaign
4/21/2014, Collaborative for Change
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (Collaborative for Change) announces the addition of "Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth" to its on-line resources.…
Op-ed: Connecticut’s leadership on juvenile justice in jeopardy
4/21/2014, The Connecticut Mirror
By Sarah Bryer
What in the world is going on in Connecticut? For a number of years now, the state has been a national leader in juvenile justice policy, but all of a sudden, it’s in danger of losing its…
The Next Juvenile Justice Reform
4/20/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Research has long shown that locking up young people puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school, joining the unemployment line and becoming permanently entangled in the criminal justice…
"No Child is Born Bad," CFSY youth justice advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey says in Northwestern TEDx talk
4/19/2014, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
A powerful and moving TEDx Northwestern U talk by Xavier McElrath-Bey, who went to prison at 13 after he was involved in a gang-related murder. He joins the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth…

Press releases

New Illinois Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic Transfer to Adult Court
4/22/2014, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2014 Contact: Elizabeth Clarke 847-894-4206 New Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic…

Op-eds and essays

OP-ED: It’s Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer
4/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki, Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois
In Illinois’ statehouse, legislators are debating a proposal that would give judges the power to determine whether kids should be tried in juvenile or criminal court, regardless of the crime…
OP-ED: Children Deserve Our Honesty and Compassion
4/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
We shouldn’t ignore their [young people’s] cries for attention, or vilify adolescence. We should encourage strengths, stimulate minds, and attempt to understand adolescent behavior so…