Juvenile News


ODP News and Events


Recruitment begins for landmark study of adolescent brain development

"The landmark study by the National Institutes of Health will follow the biological and behavioral development of more than 10,000 children beginning at ages 9-10 through adolescence into early adulthood."


Trauma of witnessing police violence is not lost on children

"Children who have experienced trauma are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, to display anti-social behavior, and to have trouble paying attention at school. And the effects are long-lasting: As adults, these children are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, to develop chronic illnesses, to attempt suicide, and to be involved in the criminal justice system."

Judge Overturns Conviction Of 'Making A Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey

"The confession happened without a parent or another adult present, and investigators 'exploited the absence of such an adult by repeatedly suggesting that they were looking out for his interests,' the decision states."

Punishment That Doesn’t Fit the Crime

"The expansion of sex offender laws to include juveniles was based on the assumption that kids who sexually transgress cannot be reformed. However, research has shown this assumption to be false. Only 1 percent to 7 percent of children who commit sexual offenses will do it again — much lower than the 13 percent recidivism rates for adult sexual offenders."

Flawed System Causes Harm

"The stigma and collateral consequences of involvement in the criminal- and juvenile-justice systems create countless barriers to successful re-entry. Unfortunately, Ohio’s criminal-background-check system is so flawed, inaccurate and unable to comply with Ohio law that it increases these barriers, making successful re-entry even more difficult."

Juvenile Life without Parole in Wayne County

"A new report released today highlights Wayne County’s frequent use of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences, calling the county an 'extreme outlier' in its use of the punishment. The report also criticizes D.A. Worthy’s decision, which was announced Friday, to again seek life sentences for at least one out of three individuals currently serving this sentence."


Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

"On July 12, 2016 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end the assessment and collection on all fees charged to parents and guardians with children in the juvenile justice system. The repeal, which is the first of its kind in the state, ends all fee assessment and collection, offering immediate relief to more than 2,900 families with outstanding debt and shielding thousands of families who pass through Alameda’s juvenile courts every year from future financial hardship."



Case Now Strong for Ending Probation’s Place As Default Disposition in Juvenile Justice

Ohio Supreme Court adopts rule for shackling of juveniles