There has been a troubling shift in the nation’s responses to at-risk youth over the past 25 years. The creators of the juvenile justice system originally viewed it as a system for providing prevention, protection, and redirection to youth, but it is more common for juveniles today to experience tough sanctions and adult-type punishments instead. While reforms are underway in many places, there remains an urgent need to reframe our responses to juvenile delinquency.
Juvenile Justice News
May 15, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)
The Sentencing Project Calls on Congress to Invest in Our Nation's Youth
As Congress prepares spending bills for the next year, The Sentencing Project called on the panel overseeing justice funding to invest in our nation's young people by providing robust funding for juvenile justice and programs to prevent crime.
Such funding would help protect children from adult jails, provide judges with options for age-appropriate sanctions, address the needs of girls, and reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice.
April 30, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
Legislation: Racial Impact Statement Legislation Advances
April 17, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting a New Justice Reinvestment
Justice Reinvestment was conceived as part of the solution to mass incarceration. The intent was to reduce corrections populations and budgets, thereby generating savings for reinvestment in high incarceration communities to make them safer, stronger, more prosperous, and equitable.
April 12, 2013 (The New York Times)
With Police in Schools, More Children in Court
As school districts across the country consider placing more police officers in schools, youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office.
“There is no evidence that placing officers in the schools improves safety,” said Denise C. Gottfredson, a criminologist at the University of Maryland who is an expert in school violence. “And it increases the number of minor behavior problems that are referred to the police, pushing kids into the criminal system.”
April 2, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
Courts: Evidence of Racial Bias in Texas Death Penalty Cases