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April 21, 2016

The box that stops some college applicants in their tracks

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Over 600 colleges and universities use the Common Application, which includes a check box asking applicants about any past juvenile crimes. Although research shows that most schools don’t deny admission based on this information, the vast majority of youth with records who see this check box will not complete the college application.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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February 25, 2016

Investing In "Disconnected" Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Without early work experiences, foster youth and justice-involved youth fail to develop the necessary job skills and networking experience to find family-sustaining jobs as young adults.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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December 05, 2014

Mark Wahlberg and the Long Term Consequences of Juvenile Records

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Actor and musician Mark Wahlberg recently filed an application with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons asking the state to clear an assault conviction from 1988 when he was 16 years-old. Like many others, Wahlberg’s decades-old offense is causing roadblocks in his professional and personal life. Unfortunately, many youth who enter the justice system are haunted by the poor decisions they made as teenagers.

Tags:Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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November 13, 2014

New Study Reveals Majority of U.S. States Fail to Protect Juvenile Records

posted by Juvenile Law Center

According to a new national scorecard released today by Juvenile Law Center, the vast majority of states are failing to protect highly sensitive information contained in juvenile court records, creating barriers to education, employment and success for American youth.

Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records, is the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of state policies that govern the confidentiality and expungement of juvenile court and law enforcement records. No state earned...

Tags:Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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July 10, 2014

Senators Booker, Paul Introduce REDEEM Act, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Lives of Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice System

posted by Juvenile Law Center

It’s a simple fact that kids make mistakes. Think back to what you did during your own adolescence: would you do the same today?

Unfortunately, when kids’ mistakes result in involvement with the justice system, the consequences can last for a lifetime. Juvenile records can throw up roadblocks to employment, housing, and higher education, substantially diminishing opportunities for young people to become productive members of their communities. At the same time, conditions such as solitary confinement and involvement in the adult criminal justice system can traumatize youth and make it even harder for them to succeed once they return home.    

New bi-partisan legislation introduced this week by Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-Ky) aims to provide these youth some relief.

Tags:Ban the Box|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Raise the Age|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System|Second Chances|State and Federal Legislation
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