Juvenile News


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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

The List

“When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence."

The Truth about Juvenile False Confessions

"In a 2014 survey of law enforcement, almost all officers reported frequently using the same interrogation techniques on minors as on adults."

Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others' hand

"The felony murder rule, particularly as applied to minors, has no shortage of critics. Some legal experts argue that, much like other sweeping changes in how juveniles are treated in the criminal courts, the law should be curtailed or eliminated."


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