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The Battle Against Prisons for Kids, The Nation In the two centuries since its formal birth, the juvenile-justice system has changed radically, while youth prisons have hardly changed at all. It’s as if the clock on reform stopped in the turn-of-the century Progressive Era and has only recently started shakily ticking again. Making Obama’s Last […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact an individual long-term. Dr. Vince Felitti from Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Bob Anda from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a research to study how childhood trauma impacts health outcomes. In their investigation, they tracked the number of ACEs of over seventeen thousand individuals and then compared […]

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New Federal Policies for Education of Homeless Children Take Effect Next Year; Decision Impacts Every School District Nationwide, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, April 5, 2016 “WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that key policies related to homelessness in the recently enacted “Every […]

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Kansas Juvenile Justice Overhauls Long Overdue, Christopher Zoukis March 30, 2016 “After nine months of individual and committee work, the Kansas Senate has approved several long-overdue recommendations to overhaul the current juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism as well as unnecessary costs on governments. A working group of Kansas governors recommended sweeping changes to the state […]

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Long road to rehabilitation: Maharashtra juvenile justice system cuts pendency, but challenges remain, Firstpost Maharashtra has reduced the pendency of cases before its juvenile justice boards (JJBs) by one-third in the past few years, but a lot remains to be done in the system when it comes to rehabilitation[.] The National Conference on Juvenile Justice […]

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Northwestern University released a study on Thursday, regarding drug usage by delinquent youth following a period of incarceration. The study found that non-Hispanic white youth were more than 30 times as likely to abuse cocaine as African American youth, counter to stereotypes vestigial to the failed War on Drugs. March 17, 2016. “CHICAGO — Abuse […]

The Prevalence of Behavioral Health Disorders, a Need to Reinstill Tolerance

On Monday a lawsuit was filed against the Galveston County jail for the wrongful death of Jesse Jacobs, a 32 year old gay man, who died seven days into a thirty-day sentence after being denied his prescription medication. Mr. Jacobs had been on medication since his late teens for comorbid behavioral health conditions, including severe […]

Ending child marriage

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, UNICEFand Bridal Musings released a disturbing video to raise awareness on a phenomenon that continues to afflict girls around the world, including in the United States. Through this video, UNICEF hoped that: “by casting a bride who may not seem at risk of child marriage, and replicating a high-end […]

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Photo Exhibit, film, speaker to address juvenile justice issues, Eric Jome, Illinois State University, March 1, 2016. A photo exhibition focused on juvenile detention centers, the screening of a documentary on the lives of troubled young women, and a presentation on a prison art program will draw attention to issues surrounding the American juvenile justice […]