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"The following checklist is based on federal statutes and regulations, federal caselaw, and relevant professional standards. The conditions and practices identified in this checklist are also discussed in a recent publication issued by the PREA Resource Center entitled 'Model Policy: Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Confinement Facilities.' The checklist is followed by a glossary of relevant terms."

The Criminalization of Childhood

"In 29 states, it is legal to prosecute a 5-year-old in juvenile court."

Two Billion Dollars Later: States Begin to Regulate School Resource Officers in the Nation’s Schools A Survey of State Laws

"Since 1999, the federal government has spent close to $1 billion to deploy police in our nation’s public schools.1 Commonly referred to as School Resource Officers (SROs), these mostly armed law enforcement officers can now be found in an estimated 71% of all public high schools in the country, as well as in middle and elementary schools. It remains unclear how effective SROs are in preventing the types of school tragedies that have rocked the country for 20 years and that are frequently used as a major justification for SROs’ deployment. However, studies do now provide compelling evidence that their presence increases the odds that students will be arrested for minor offenses and that children of color and those with disabilities will be treated most harshly"

Michigan Legislature OKs raising age for adult prosecution

"Republican and Democratic sponsors of the 'overdue' bills say they are needed to give young offenders a chance at rehabilitation instead of locking them up with adults."

Franklin County to eliminate current juvenile probation jobs; employees will have to reapply for new roles

"About 64 Franklin County Juvenile Court probation department employees will be affected next year when their jobs are eliminated and and they have to seek positions with vastly different, more complex responsibilities as part of a plan to transform the way juveniles are supervised. The new Community Restoration Services Department will operate under the idea that juveniles fare better and the community stays safer when support is emphasized over incarceration."


"Young people convicted as adults face a ‘life sentence’ of registry restrictions, attorneys say."

Characteristics and Trends of Delinquency Cases Resulting in Probation

"Between 2005 and 2017, probation was the most common outcome for delinquency cases that received a sanction."

Characteristics of Cases Judicially Waived from Juvenile Court to Criminal Court

"Despite a recent increase, the number of cases judicially waived in 2017 was 42% less than the number in 2005."

Juvenile Arrests, 2017

"Overall, juvenile arrests have been on the decline for more than a decade, but patterns vary by demographic group and offense." 

A Right to Liberty: Juvenile Cash Bail Reform

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


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