March 15, 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:
- Marsha Levick, co-founder of Juvenile Law Center, was announced as the winner of the 2015 Philadelphia Award.
- Why does Maryland shackle youth in juvenile court? The state also routinely strip-searches youth when they're sent to a juvenile facility.
- Pennsylvania prioritizes "normalcy" for foster youth while implementing the federal Strengthening Familiest Act.
- Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, a New Orleans judge re-sentenced a 21-year-old man to life without parole for a murder conviction at age 15, which "prosecutors acknowledged was unintentional."
- In Virginia, advocates make headway towards extending foster care to age 21.
- Washington state is considering two bills to reform the state's juvenile justice system by focusing more on rehabilitation.
- A new program in Virginia, The Possibilities Project, is working to help struggling former foster youth.
- California pushes to move more foster kids into families, not group homes, but not all are in favor of this movement.
- Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signed into law a new bill that will make juvenile records, except felony charges, confidential.
- Jacob, now 25, spent 151 days in a juvenile facility; he was held in solitary confinement for at least one third of that time.
- The U.S. Department of Justice has condemned for-profit courts for targeting poor adults, but the criminalization of poverty is just as damaging to youth in the juvenile and adult justice systems.
- The case against felony murder: youth can be held accountable without being charged with a murder they didn't commit.
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