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Suicide survivors urge open conversations, awareness around mental health

Five women whose lives have been intimately, irreversibly touched by youth suicide — two by their own attempts and three by deaths of family members — spoke candidly about their experiences on a panel in Palo Alto Wednesday night, urging others to speak with the same candor about the oft-silenced topics of suicide and mental illness… read more

 

THE EFFECTS OF PROSECUTING AND INCARCERATING YOUTH IN THE ADULT SYSTEM
INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER YOUTH TRIED AS ADULTS

Each year, nearly 1,000 California youth are prosecuted, sentenced, and incarcerated as adults, despite research and legal holdings finding youth to be especially capable of rehabilitation. Approximately 80% of these cases have been “direct filed” in adult court at the discretion of local prosecutors… read more

Ruling gives juvenile offenders new hope

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for inmates like Olds to seek new sentences by ruling their punishments unconstitutional. An estimated 2,000 inmates nationwide are serving mandatory life sentences for crimes committed while they were juveniles… read more

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