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April 15, 2016

Diversion programs can help keep youth out of "the system" by preventing arrests

posted by Emily Haney-Caron, JD/PhD Candidate, Juvenile Law Center legal intern

Each year, over 1 million youth are arrested across the country, and 95% of those arrests are for non-violent offenses. Kids are increasingly being arrested by police officers working in schools for behaviors that schools used to handle as routine disciplinary problems: throwing an eraser, chewing gum, or arguing in the hallway. Keeping kids from entering the juvenile justice system is an important step in curbing the flow of the school-to-prison pipeline and making sure kids can get their lives back on track. Diversion programs help keep kids out of the system, and these programs work best when youth are diverted before they’re even arrested.

Tags:Diversion Strategies|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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March 04, 2016

Youth First: It's Time to Shut Down Youth Prisons

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center is a national partner with Youth First, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with their state advocates on policy reforms and supporting their work with our litigation advocacy. Today, we’re proud to build on that partnership by supporting Youth First’s new national initiative to reform youth justice in America.

Tags:Diversion Strategies|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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August 20, 2015

Certainty, Not Severity, of Punishment

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Latest bulletin from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention suggests that certainty of punishment, not severity, deters teens from crime.

Tags:Diversion Strategies|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)|Reducing Length of Stay|Second Chances
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