What's on our radar this week
Every Wednesday, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading:
- Severe punishment does not reduce offending or arrests among high-risk adolescents.
- Watch the recording of the Law for Black Lives Conference (July 31 - August 1).
- Access to healthcare is a critical need for all foster youth, but especially young adults aging out of foster care. Senator Casey's proposed bill would close an important gap in Medicaid coverage for former foster youth who move between states.
- The ACLU, the Children's Law Center, and Dinsmore & Shohl filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two elementary-aged children who are shown being handcuffed by a school resource officer in this disturbing video.
- For native youth, the juvenile justice system is like a "maze of jurisdictions," and a new report from National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) shows that the rate for American Indian youth entering the child welfare system is increasing.
- The Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division report on St. Louis County's Family Court revealed rampant racial and economic disparities.
- This 3-part investigation looks at the successes and challenges of alternatives to juvenile detention.
- Op-ed on criminal justice reform, juvenile offenders, and the importance of meaningful second chances.
- Banning juvenile life-without-parole is getting more traction and is the subject of a new documentary recently screened by members of Congress at the Capitol.
- Bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) focuses on prevention and treating truama, not "scared straight" tactics.
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