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As summer comes to a close, many teens around the country are wrapping up one of the first steps in their “career pathway”: a summer job. These short-term positions are not just a pastime; research shows that summer employment reduces dropout rates, improves long-term employment prospects, and decreases the chance of future involvement in the criminal justice system.

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Emily Steiner, Legal Intern, Juvenile Law Center,

The revival of strong mandatory sentencing schemes matches the “tough on crime” approach touted by the Trump administration. While mandatory minimums negatively impact all individuals involved in the criminal justice system, youth particularly face long-term consequences.

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Kathleen McNaught, Maura McInerney, Kate Burdick, The Chronicle of Social Change •

For over a decade, the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a project of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the

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Henry A. Giroux, •

Not only is the United States the only nation in the world that sentences children to life in prison without parole, the criminal legal system

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Karen U. Lindel, The Des Moines Register •

Disability Rights Iowa released a scathing report on conditions at the Boys State Training School. Based on a multi-year investigation, the report describes the

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Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Standard Speaker •

Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia who represented Batts, said most Pennsylvania prosecutors opted not to hold resentencing hearings and

On July 15th, 2017, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges adopted a Resolution Addressing the Needs of Homeless Youth and Families in Juvenile and Family Courts. This is a groundbreaking resolution that explicitly acknowledges the relationship between child welfare and juvenile justice system involvement and homelessness.

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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, JJIE •

Juvenile Law Center, a public interest law firm, says that too often, a family’s inability to pay these fees can push the child deeper