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Award-winning journalist and advocate Nell Bernstein's "Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison" is a critical look at the juvenile justice system. Center Director Julie Drizin recently interviewed Bernstein on her latest work. Book cover photo by Richard Ross.
Young people share their experiences with solitary confinement in prisons, jails and juvenile halls.
A Milwaukee campaign to call attention to sex trafficking was timed to coincide with the start of summer, a time when children are more vulnerable to traffickers.
Fifteen year old Audrie Pott hanged herself after being sexually assaulted and photographed by three teenagers while she was drunk and unconscious at a party. Her parents are pushing California lawmakers to enact "Audrie's Law," a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for teen assailants who rape passed out or disabled peers.
The Bard Prison Initiative has been educating prisoners around New York State since 1999. Founder and director Max Kenner says a liberal arts education is a great investment, and research from the Rand corporation suggests the real economic benefit is that a college education makes people less likely to re-enter the justice system.
Parents who have sent their troubled teen to residential treatment or wilderness camps urge others to rule out programs that ban parent-child communication. Such rules make it impossible for youth to report abuse, neglect and other problems.
Knox County Juvenile Court procedures highlight a national struggle to respect kids’ rights when they’re pulled into courts for crimes and for status offenses.
Parents in California face piles of fees when they children are charged, prosecuted or punished for crimes. As a result, cash-strapped, stressed-out families are accumulating debt while dealing with the juvenile justice system.