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There has been a troubling shift in the nation’s responses to at-risk youth over the past 25 years. The creators of the juvenile justice system originally viewed it as a system for providing prevention, protection, and redirection to youth, but it is more common for juveniles today to experience tough sanctions and adult-type punishments instead. While reforms are underway in many places, there remains an urgent need to reframe our responses to juvenile delinquency.

Juveniles Held in Adults Prisons and Jails

Juvenile Justice News
January 28, 2016
State Advocacy Update: Unlocking the Vote with Grassroots Support

Maryland: Unlocking the Vote

New Jersey: Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Missouri: Scaling Back Truth in Sentencing

Other News: Conneticut, Delaware, Kansas, and more


January 20, 2016
Race & Justice News: The Limits of Focusing on Racial Disparity

Books: Youth of Color in the Changing Juvenile Justice System

The Limits of Focusing on Racial Disparity

Policing: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in New Jersey’s Low-Level Offense Arrests 

Milwaukee Police Department Requests Justice Department Review

Nationwide Racial Disparities in Drivers Killed by Police 

Sentencing: Rhode Island’s Overburdened and Racially Imbalanced Probation System


December 16, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Race & Justice News: Are Judges or Prosecutors Driving Racial Disparity in Sentencing?

Federal Sentencing: Are Judges or Prosecutors Driving Racial Disparity in Post-Booker Sentencing?

Prosecution: Caddo Parish Elects First Black District Attorney

Pretrial Detention: Pretrial Detention Based on Resources, Not Risk, Produces Racial Disparities and Fuels Mass Incarceration

Juvenile Justice: Deeper Justice-System Involvement Increases Youth Mortality

Minority Threat in Juvenile Court Outcomes


October 29, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration

Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration

Early Start: Legislative Pre-filing

Social Networking for Reform

Other News: Oklahoma, Michigan and New York

This time of year offers advocacy organizations an opportunity to determine policy goals and strengthen the infrastructure necessary to advance reform remedies. Many organizations are in research mode, determining what officials approved in other states and assessing the viability of working towards similar goals in their own jurisdictions. Prior to the start of session many state organizers are convening coalition meetings, discussing points of consensus, and identifying champions for policy goals.


October 19, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Marc Mauer Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Marc Mauer urges Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, a bipartisan reform bill introduced earlier this month. The legislation would take a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.