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Felony murder: Charging black teens for their friend’s death is a crime

"In fact, the United States is the only country in the world in which felony murder still exists."

Former Prosecutor Has Change Of Heart About Cyntoia Brown

"Cyntoia Brown didn't know Preston Shipp and the Appellate Prosecutor didn't know her. He was working at the Tennessee Attorney General’s office and says it was just another case that came across his desk. Shipp read the case file and recommended Brown stay in prison and not be granted parole.

Then, in a twist of fate, Shipp started teaching periodically at the prison college run by Lipscomb University and had Cyntoia Brown as a student. He says by then, 'She was already a transformed person.' The decision to deny her parole came down that same semester. Shipp explains, 'We each got a copy of the opinion and class rolled around Wednesday night and there she was in the hallway. I had been on the other side and argued that she needed to be caged until she was 67 years old.'

Shipp did all he knew to do. He apologized adding, 'I said I didn't know who you were, your story. I didn't know about the story of trauma and abuse and violence.'"

More than half of Michigan juvenile lifers still wait for resentencing

"Three years after SCOTUS ruled that juvenile lifers should have the chance to come home, 55% in Michigan are still waiting to go before a judge."


Model Policy: Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Confinement Facilities

"The recommendations in the model policy are grounded in a series of guiding principles that embody emerging professional consensus promoting gender affirming approaches in youth serving systems. The principles counter common misconceptions about gender and provide a framework for accommodating the needs of youth across the full spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and intersex status. Agencies and facilities can expressly incorporate these principles in their own policies and/or training on the implementation of their policies."

Making the Case for Young Clients

NJDC guide filled with Supreme Court quotes for bolstering Juvenile Defense Advocacy 

If Not The Adult System,Then Where? Alternatives to Adult Incarceration For Youth Certified Adults

"In this report, CFYJ shares current and emerging practices for better serving youth charged as adults, insights from practitioners about what makes for successful programming for this population, and specific recommendations for policy and practice change."

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."


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