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
October 29, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration
Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration
Early Start: Legislative Pre-filing
Social Networking for Reform
Other News: Oklahoma, Michigan and New York
This time of year offers advocacy organizations an opportunity to determine policy goals and strengthen the infrastructure necessary to advance reform remedies. Many organizations are in research mode, determining what officials approved in other states and assessing the viability of working towards similar goals in their own jurisdictions. Prior to the start of session many state organizers are convening coalition meetings, discussing points of consensus, and identifying champions for policy goals.
October 19, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Marc Mauer Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Marc Mauer urges Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, a bipartisan reform bill introduced earlier this month. The legislation would take a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.
October 13, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Justices Question Florida’s Death Penalty System
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could decide whether a 2012 ruling barring mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders can be applied retroactively, but the arguments "devolved into a tangled discussion on a jurisdictional issue that may derail a ruling in the case," the New York Times reports.
October 3, 2015 (NPR)
Here's One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform
"It's wonder enough in sharply-divided Washington that nine Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate came together this week to do anything, let alone touch the once politically charged arena of crime and punishment. But groups as different as the ACLU and Koch Industries had joined this year in a coalition to press for change, and so too did senators as different as Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin," reports NPR.
October 1, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Momentous Legislation Indicates "Tough on Crime" Days are Over
Today, Republicans and Democrats in Congress are coming together to end a disastrous era of "tough on crime" politics. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, introduced today by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), takes a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.