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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 […]

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Dealing with children in trouble, The Washington Times Since officials in Cook County, Illinois established the nation’s first juvenile courts 117 years ago, efforts to deal with children in trouble with the law have taken dozens of forms. Some have been too harsh; others too lenient. First-ever human rights action plan launched, International The News […]

Making a Murderer: Children’s Susceptibility to Giving False Confessions

During the last few months, many have watched the Netflix series Making A Murderer, which was released last December. The documentary project chronicles the story of Steven Avery, who was imprisoned for an incident with convictions in both sexual assault and attempted murder. After 18 years of being confined, DNA advances helped prove Avery’s innocence, […]

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Four years ago today Trayvon Martin was tragically shot. The Marshall Project commemorates him by curating some of the best reporting surrounding his death, including incisive commentary in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In “Fear of a Black President” Coates writes on racial exceptionalism and the polarizing effect of President Obama weighing-in: “Before President Obama […]

Candidates Light on Children’s Issues

“The truth is that no one has yet invented or discovered a mode of measurement for the intensity of human belief. Hence there can be yet no successful method of communicating intelligibly a sound method of self-analysis for one’s belief.”       –Professor John Henry Wigmore, regarding legal burden of proof Jurist John Henry Wigmore described the […]

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Let’s change the conversation around mental health, Michelle Obama, February 17, 2016 “Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any […]