All Articles: Juvenile Justice

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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Connecticut Governor Opts For ‘Second-Chance Society’

By Salvador Solorio Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state’s juvenile justice system has been transformed and it’s time for the nation to return to its roots as a “second chance society.” “If you’re not a Native American, or your people were not brought here in slavery, everyone came here for a second chance, […]

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The Affects of PTSD on Juvenile Inmates {Part 2}

This is the second installment of a two-part series detailing the impact of trauma on incarcerated men’s likelihood of success at the parole board.  By John Lam Journalism Guild Writer I had been at a maximum-security prison for only three weeks when I saw a stabbing for the first time. I was in my cell […]

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The Effects of PTSD on Juvenile Inmates Part 1

By John Lam Journalism Guild Writer This is the first installment of a two-part series detailing the impact of trauma on incarcerated men’s likelihood of success at the parole board. In the many group discussions held each day in San Quentin, it is not uncommon to hear men raise their hands and say, “I don’t […]

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Juvenile Interrogation Techniques Can Result in False Confessions

Children are now being exposed to a controversial interrogation technique by adults that can lead to false confessions the American Bar Association (ABA) reports. The ABA newsletter urges parents and teachers to fight the use of the Reid Technique in their schools. It encourages parents to demand that they be notified before a principal plans […]

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New Reform Urges Voters to Help Juveniles

By John Lam Journalism Guild Writer In a letter addressed to all concerned parties, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) founder Scott Budnick urged readers to become involved in the effort to get Governor Brown’s criminal justice reforms approved in the November 2016 ballot. Budnick is asking for help from incarcerated people to promote awareness of these proposed […]

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Wrongful Convictions Overturned

An overwhelming number of cases of wrongfully convicted minors involve youths of color. “Thirty-four of the 329 DNA-based exonerees were arrested as minors. Thirty-two out of that 34 are people of color; specifically, 30 of them are black,” the Innocence Project reported. Wrongful conviction experts Sam Gross and Joshua Tepfer conducted a study to determine […]

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SB260 Allows Youth Offender to Earn a Second Chance

Vinh Nguyen was found suitable for release during his first parole board appearance under a Senate Bill 260 youth offender hearing. Thanks to self-help programs, Nguyen said he came to accept responsibility for his crime and seriously regret the harm he caused. He credits VOEG (Victim Offender Education Group) as having the most important impact […]

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