Showing Posts in "Juvenile Justice"

By Brittany Anuszkiewicz | Nov 6th, 2012

"My future is to have a happy family, have a career, be something in life, be a role model, and teach people the right thing." These are the aspirations of one ninth grade foster youth at the Arise Academy Charter High School. Unfortunately, for too many youth in foster care, without the necessary guidance and support from committed and caring adults, dreams often fade into a harsh and bitter struggle for survival.

By Candace Putter | Dec 11th, 2012

In 2008, when Jose was released from his nine-month stay in a Pennsylvania residential placement for his auto theft adjudication and returned to Philadelphia, he had a 1 in 10 chance of graduating from high school, according to the Johns Hopkins study, “Unfulfilled Promise”.  Without marketable skills, he was likely to join the ranks of the young unemployed, and his chances of landing in prison as an adult were significantly higher than his chances of landing in a family sustaining career.

By Danielle Sered | Sep 12th, 2013

(Originally posted on the Vera Institute Website)

In Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent speech to the American Bar Association, he spoke of bipartisan support for sensible sentencing practices and other strategies that stand to “save our country billions of dollars while keeping us safe,” suggesting that we no longer have to choose between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to criminal justice. But that may not be the biggest zero sum game we can put behind us.

By Maheen Kaleem | Feb 18th, 2014

Imagine yourself as an adolescent. A fellow classmate who has been annoying you the whole year finally goes too far—he talks about your girlfriend. As a response, you use profanity, and you and the classmate start yelling at each other. Are you disrupting the classroom? Of course. The teacher hears the two of you. Instead of pulling both of you aside to have a conversation, or sending you to the principal’s office, he summons a police officer from the hallway.

By Danielle Sered | Mar 3rd, 2014

A robust and necessary conversation is taking place in New York about raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old.  New York and North Carolina remain the only two states that still treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, despite what we now know about neuroscience and adolescent development.  Those in favor of raising the age often point to adolescents’ limitations when it comes to impulse control, empathy, and consequential thinking in parti

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