Juveniles

Items in the News Archive provide an opportunity to explore issues related to incarceration and health of justice-involved individuals in the United States from a media perspective. Please note that the articles listed below are by no means exhaustive. They represent a collection of relatively recent news items staff deemed relevant to the Center and its work. For more in-depth academic resources related to this topic, please select the corresponding category under the Educational Resources tab.

Kids in Prison: Germany Has A Different Approach, Better Results
WNYC, October 10 2016
“Not all of the minors who were tried as adults were found guilty and not all went to prison. But WNYC found at least 152 inmates are still serving time in adult prisons for crimes they committed as minors — 93 percent of them are black or Latino. That’s just looking at crimes committed in the past five years, and not including offenders who already completed their sentences.”

Why Do We Lock Up Juveniles for Life and Throw Away the Key?
Prison Policy Initiative, September 15, 2016
“While a number of states continue to use life without parole sentences for juveniles, new research shows that those juveniles are largely and increasingly people of color. A recent study by researchers from the Phillips Black Project found that people of color are overrepresented in the juvenile life without parole population ‘in ways perhaps unseen in any other aspect of our criminal justice system.'”

How Parental Incarceration Affects a Child’s Education
The Atlantic, November 11, 2015
“The new report strives to do that disentangling and identify any outcomes in children that are uniquely associated with parental incarceration. And while much of the report’s findings on health outcomes and social relationships are inconclusive, one of the few risk factors that does seem to have a direct association with parental incarceration has to do with the kids’ education. Children of all ages were significantly more likely to have problems in school, while those ages 6 through 11 had lower “school engagement.”

Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
The Crime Report, September 10, 2015
“The age of juvenile court jurisdiction should be raised to at least 21 years old, researchers propose in a new report released by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government citing studies that show brain development continues past the teenage years.'”

Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risks
New York Times, August 15, 2015
“Across the country, teenagers and children may be kept in solitary in either juvenile or adult jails and prisons. As many as 17,000 youths are held in isolation in juvenile jails nationwide, the Justice Department says, most for punishment for a rule violation or because they are on suicide watch.”

Juvie Just Makes Everything Worse
Pacific Standard, April 21, 2015
“Doing time in juvenile detention lowers high school graduation rates and raises adult incarceration rates, economists find.”

Population of Juveniles in Confinement on the Decline
The Crime Report, April 14, 2015
“The number of juvenile offenders in residential facilities hit in 2012 its lowest point since at least 1975, according to a new report released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”

Time to Take Closer Look at Race in Juvenile Justice System (Op-Ed)
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 23, 2015
“The latest data from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that the rate of youth in confinement dropped 41 percent between 2001 and 2011. Cause to celebrate? Yes and no. Despite the remarkable decrease in the use of confinement for youth, The National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) reports that the proportion of youth of color receiving court dispositions grew substantially between 2002 and 2012.”