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Weekly round up
Mitch McConnell, take an easy win on juvenile justice reform
Recently the Juvenile Justice Reform Act was unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 with some changes. The JJRA would make significant changes to how status offenses are dealt with in courts as well as addressing disproportionate racial impact of the current system. This step towards reform is currently in action in the Senate. Read More.
Electronic Monitoring of Youth in the California Justice System
The use of electronic monitoring in the criminal justice system has grown exponentially in recent years. Although generally perceived as a less punitive alternative to incarceration, electronic monitoring can be overly burdensome: it often entails home confinement, invasive surveillance, and high fees. The report represents a joint effort by U.C. Berkeley School of Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and the East Bay Community Law Center. As the report demonstrates, programs can impose dozens of strict and inflexible rules on participants. Find a summary to the report as well as the full report here.
Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girl’s Childhood
A groundbreaking study released today by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality finds that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers, especially in the age range of 5-14. The new report reveals that adults think: Black girls seem older than white girls of the same age. Black girls need less protection than white girls. Black girls need to be supported less than white girls. Find a summary of the report as well as the full report here.