All Articles: Juvenile Justice

Youth Offender Program gains traction at San Quentin

By John Lam Youth Offender Program (YOP) inmates between the ages of 18 and 23 are embracing a program specially created for them at San Quentin. “We started a support group specifically for YOPs originally with three guys, and in three months the attendance exploded. The YOPs have been recruiting and are spreading the word […]

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They Call Us Monsters sheds light on juvenile reform

Aiming to de-stigmatize California’s incarcerated juveniles, a documentary entitled They Call Us Monsters sheds light on the lives of those incarcerated and the state’s legislative debate over juvenile sentencing reform.    “Juan Gamez, Antonio Hernandez and Jara Nava are the youthful offenders at the heart of…a new documentary that follows their lives in a Los […]

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Schools using Restorative Justice practices as a remedy to prison

By Forrest Lee Jones American schools and criminal justice systems are using Restorative Justice (RJ) more and more as a remedy to keep people from going to prison, reports Rebecca Beitsch of Pew Charitable Trusts. Restorative Justice is a practice that originated in ancient cultures. Schools and courts are using it as an alternative to […]

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Four leaders honored for juvenile justice reforms

By John Lam Four individuals have been honored for their work in reforming the Tennessee juvenile justice system. “We wanted to honor these leaders because they understand that Tennessee’s youth justice system is like a maze, with too many entrances and lots of dead ends,” said Sarah Bryer, who directs the National Juvenile Justice Network […]

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Youth offenders face possible deportation by Trump

By John Lam Children who immigrated to America and later acquired a criminal record will likely be deported under Donald J. Trump’s administration, a potential deportee says. “We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump has said. His administration will “get the people that are criminal and have […]

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Stockton mayor believes in the power of forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas Last year, California voters turned down a chance to end the death penalty, choosing instead to speed up the process—an indication they don’t believe murder should be forgiven. However, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs believes in forgiveness. On Facebook, the newly elected mayor posted his acceptance of an apology from a murderer incarcerated […]

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New adolescent research could impact juvenile justice

By John Lam City leaders are urged to adopt juvenile justice reform practices that are based on recent adolescent development research. In a memo addressed to city leaders, the Institute for Youth Education and Families (IYEF) outlined the following three key aspects for city officials to focus on. A. Youth crime stems more from adolescence […]

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Advocates From D.C. Leading Coalition for Juvenile Reform

By John Lam On a bright summer morning the men of Kid CAT eagerly welcomed two youth justice advocates from Washington, D.C., one of them a former youth offender who is now leading a coalition for juvenile justice reform. Jody Kent-Lavy, executive director of Fair Sentencing for Youth, led the way into the stand-alone trailer […]

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Kamala Harris Supporting Limits on Juvenile Solitary Confinement

By David Le Attorney General Kamala Harris is supporting a Senate bill that would limit solitary confinement for juveniles, the Attorney General’s Office said. Calling the practice “unnecessary and punitive,” Harris said that solitary confinement hurts juveniles and prevents their ability to rehabilitate themselves. “Subjecting young people to prolonged periods of isolated confinement is cruel, […]

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Report: California Youth Arrest Rate Drops

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of arrests of young California children in the past 30 years, a research report by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports. The arrest rate for children under age 12 dropped by 92 percent. “This trend has significant long-term consequences, as those […]

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