All Articles: Juvenile Justice

Youth Offender Program Aims to Curb Violence

By Juan Haines Staff Writer Youthful inmates beginning their sentences in high-security prisons run into all kinds of negative influences. To address the problem, California lawmakers passed the Youth Offender Program late last year. “The goal is to keep youth away from more serious and violent criminal influences found at high-security level prisons,” said Joe […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Gives Juvenile Lifers a Chance for Parole

By Chung Kao Staff Writer Prisoners sentenced as juveniles to life without parole, even for homicide, may now petition courts for parole eligibility, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. “Allowing those offenders to be considered for parole ensures that juveniles whose crimes reflected only transient immaturity — and who have since matured — will not […]

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Assembly Bill Provides Alternatives for Young Offenders to Be Housed at Low-Level Prisons

By Leroy Lucas Journalism Guild Writer The youth offender program is aimed to steer certain young inmates away from high-security level prisons where they would face more serious and violent criminal influences. The program created by an Assembly bill forms a committee to review cases of youth transferring to the adult system. It opens the […]

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Youth Conference Opens Dialogue Between Generations

By Marcus Henderson Staff Writer Bridging the gap between young and old prisoners was the topic of a recent San Quentin conference. The three-day Generation Gap Youth Conference encouraged an atmosphere of straight talk, respect and healing. “This forum was a good thing. It was able to open up a much-needed dialogue between the older […]

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Learning How to Change for the Better

By Tommy Winfrey Arts Editor Spending almost half of my life behind bars, for a crime I committed as a teenager, has changed me. In some ways, I’ve changed for the better and in other ways I have changed for the worse. I went through periods where I have felt the whole world was against […]

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Over $2,300 Raised for Homeless Youths

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer “Everybody needs help,” emerged as the theme at Kid CAT’s fourth bi-annual Hygiene Drive during the holiday season. Hundreds of Incarcerated-Americans joined Kid CAT to help homeless youth in the Bay Area. The drive raised more than $2,300 in hygiene products and money to purchase products. But just as important […]

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GA Juvenile Arrest Rate Drops

By Anouthinh Pangthong Journalism Guild Writer Clayton County, GA., has seen a decrease in its juvenile arrests. The dwindling arrest rate is due to the decline of referrals from school districts to county juvenile courts for minor offenses, according to an article by Martha Dalton, reporter for WABE, Atlanta. The reason for an initial rise […]

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Cyberbullying Combatted

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Sixteen of our country’s 50 states now have laws that specifically address “cyberbullying,” according to a state-by-state review published in 2013 by the Cyberbully Research Center. By and large, these laws address threatening and/or aggressively coercive behavior that is transmitted via electronic communication devices to minors, the review shows. […]

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Court Decision Curbs Mandatory Life Without Parole Terms for Juveniles

By Dmitriy D. Orlov Journalism Guild Writer Fewer juveniles are being sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment without parole, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision, a recent study concludes. Nine states abolished life without parole for juveniles after the court’s 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision, according to a study by the Phillips Black […]

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Juvenile Justice Marks Progress, Solutions

By Tommy Winfrey Arts Editor Considering the State of the Youth Address this year, I am very mindful of the accomplishments that have been made in juvenile justice, not just of the accomplishments that Kid CAT has made. In February 2015, Sen. Lonnie Hancock, D-Berkeley, introduced Senate Bill 261. It allows offenders who committed their […]

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