Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice

Double Charged is a special investigation into the U.S. Juvenile Justice system, produced by Youth Radio. Click here to listen in on the 1st of a 2 part series where young people report on the juvenile justice system across the country.  

Infographic: From Disability to Criminality

Our series “Life Cycles of Inequity” explores the ways in which inequity impacts the lives of black men. Each month, we focus on a life stage or event in which that impact has been shown to be particularly profound.

The infographic below is part of a package focused on implicit bias in schools

Click here to check out more infographics and learn about the project

Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ First Pay for Success Project

Governor Pat Quinn announced the state’s first Pay for Success (PFS) contract will increase support for at-risk youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Illinois. Also known as Social Impact Bonds (performance-based contracts backed by private investment), the first contract awarded under this innovative initiative will go to One Hope United, in partnership with the Conscience Community Network (CCN). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all Illinois youth have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential. To read more click here

OJJDP to Consolidate, Re-Compete Funds for Juvenile Facility Training, Information Sharing, & State Advisory Groups

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will end funding for three training and technical assistance projects, then roll the work into one grant up for competition this year, The Chronicle of Social Change learned yesterday.

The grantees affected by the shift at OJJDP are:

  • National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS), which oversees the National Center on Youth in Custody
  • IIR, which provides training and technical assistance on juvenile information sharing
  • ICF International, which assists and supports the state advisory groups (SAG) that distribute delinquency prevention funds in each state and territory. To read more click here

Reversing the Criminalization of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration have pledged to reduce America’s mass incarceration problem and, to their credit, serious efforts are underway towards that goal. But there remains at least one piece of the policy puzzle that requires immediate attention, and offers particular promise to make a lasting impact on incarceration: a mandate that juvenile justice facilities adopt policies that address the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and gender-non-conforming youth.

To read this article with a few concrete proposals for youth justice systems click here

A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV

The report is one of the first to offer comprehensive federal policy recommendations to address cycles of criminalization and discriminatory treatment faced by LGBT people and PLWH

For the full report click here

For the report summary click here

And for recommendations for federal agencies click here

Attorney General Holder Criticizes Excessive Use of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles with Mental Illness

Speaking in a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website, Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for an end to the excessive use of solitary confinement for youth that suffer from mental illness.  Attorney General Holder said the practices can have lasting, substantial effects on young people that could result in self-harm or, in some cases, even suicide.

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Campaign Urges Governors to Stop Putting Youths in Adult Jails and Prisons

The Washington-based Campaign for Youth Justice is leading an effort to urge U.S. governors to stop allowing youths to be placed in adult jails and prisons.

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Easing Drug Laws the Answer to the Nation’s Drug, Prison Problem – Or Precursor to More Crime?

Many laws, especially drug laws, have punishment lengths that do not fit the crime, he and other critics explain. In fact, a recent report titled “Nation Behind Bars: A Human Rights Solution,” explains that unnecessarily long sentences contribute to America having the world’s highest reported rate of incarceration.

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