April 12, 2016
What's on our radar this week
posted by Juvenile Law Center
Each week, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading:
- What will Philadelphia do about it's 300 now-unconstitutional juvenile life sentence cases?
- The Every Student Succeeds Act was passed in December, 2015. Now what? (Hint: it's all about the implementation).
- California's Senate passed a bill to identify and investigate the overprescribing of psychiatric dugs to traumatized foster children.
- The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that there has been a 6.67% increase in the number of homeless youth enrolled in our nation's public schools.
- On April 11th, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas signed a bill overhauling the Kansas juvenile justice system. The reformed system will focus on rehabilitation rather than incarceration for low-risk juvenile offenders.
- In D.C last week, the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth discussed, "The Impact of Substance Use and Mental Disorders on Child Welfare Involvement." The discussion was part of an ongoing series focused on why children are entering the foster care system.
- In Chicago, Senator Ira Silverstein is calling for a bill that would exempt homeless children from paying for GED exams.
- Alameda County, California, will stop collecting juvenile fees.
- A recent study by the Department of Justice has cited continuing inequalities in the Memphis juvenile justice system.
- New data shows that school districts in major cities, such as New York City and Chicago, invest more money into policing students than in helping them avoid incarceration.
- Houses of refuge, youth learning centers. Regardless of the name, they're prisons for youth, and they don't work.
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