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Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2016

"In 2016, juvenile courts in the United States handled 850,500 delinquency cases that involved juveniles charged with criminal law violations, 4% less than the number of cases handled in 2015. From 2005 through 2016, the number of delinquency cases declined 49%, with decreases experienced in all four offense categories: property offense cases (down 54%), public order offense cases (down 51%), person offense cases (down 44%), and drug law violation cases (down 42%). In 2016, property offense cases accounted for the largest proportion (33%) of the delinquency caseload, followed by person offense cases (29%), public order offense cases (25%), and drug offense cases (13%)."

Board denies parole for inmate in landmark juvenile case

"A Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling extending the hope of freedom to juvenile offenders sentenced to life without the possibility of parole was again denied that freedom on Thursday after more than five decades in prison."

More than 14 million kids go to a public school with police but no mental health staff. That's bad, ACLU says

"The report found that nearly one-third of public school students, more than 14 million, are enrolled in schools with police but without a counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker. The shift in resources comes as schools reassess their security measures in the wake of repeated school shootings and as local, state and federal governments make more money available to fund officers on campuses." 

Juvenile centers try to reach young felons before they become hardened criminals

"Each year, Ohio tries to reach juvenile felons before they become hardened criminals. But that takes money – lots of it – and support from state legislators.So last week, juvenile judges from 10 area counties came together to explain the need for support to their state legislators."

Local judge named to top juvenile law board

"Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge David Hejmanowski has been named to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the federal committee that directly advises the White House and Congress on juvenile justice issues."

Beaten, then silenced

"At the oldest U.S. reform school for boys, leaders of the prestigious Glen Mills Schools in Pennsylvania have hidden a long history of violence."

Juvenile court eliminates detention fees

“'From an economic standpoint, the continued collection made no sense for the court and the county,' Hejmanowski said. 'We collected only a few thousand dollars a year from these costs, waived the vast majority of them because the children against whom they were assessed were indigent, but spent massive amounts of time and money, inputting, tracking, attempting collection, and then waiving and deleting the costs from our records. It costs far more to track them than we were collecting. The practice was not an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.'”

Nationwide Children's Hospital Studies Suicides By Incarcerated Youths

"A U.S. Department of Justice survey found that from 2010 to 2014, incarcerated children had suicide rates two to three times higher than their peers in the general population."

Juvenile Bail Reform

"The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) is launching a project with its partners to address the use of cash bail in juvenile courts and ensure that children’s liberty interests are secured."

Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

"NDJC has created this electronic guide to raise the profile of juvenile-specific defense as a career. It is intended for law students interested in pursuing juvenile defense as a career and includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense."

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