All Articles: Juvenile Justice

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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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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