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South Florida Media Network

Maria Serrano

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17 October 2018

New York, United States

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Esparanza, a non-profit located in New York, provides comprehensive services for teenagers who are in the justice system. The intensive family counseling has been a successful alternative to incarceration since 2002, ...

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Hallie Steiner

14 September 2018

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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After her neighbor was incarcerated, a Delaware teenager and her brother began supporting youth coming out of detention with clothes, school supplies and other items. Their nonprofit grew and was so successful in rais...

The Crime Report

Megan Hadley

5 September 2018

United States

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The number of youth confined in U.S. detention facilities has dropped by nearly half since 1997, saving money and reducing recidivism. A report by the Justice Policy Institute says this has made communities safer, but...

Pacific Standard

Arvind Dilawar

4 September 2018

New Zealand

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New Zealand introduced restorative justice practices for juveniles in their criminal justice system after incredibly high rates of child incarceration and an over-representation of minorities. The practice, in places ...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice sets itself apart by offering a blended learning curriculum to students. The district's superintendent sees immense benefits to the split schedule and online learning compon...

The Marshall Project

Ivan Roman

1 August 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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Austin moved away from its teen curfew, bucking the trend in many other cities where such laws are longstanding and efforts to remove them often meet resistance. That is despite data showing they do not reduce juvenil...

Philadelphia Daily News / Inquirer

Samantha Melamed

10 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A couple created a nonprofit in Philadelphia to make micro grants for those who need small amounts to pay off medical bills or legal fees so they can move on with their lives. The effort garnered modest donations, inc...

The Canton Repository

Kelly Byer

1 July 2018

Canton, Ohio, United States

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), have long-term effects on children as they grow up, and children with high ACEs scores often experience serious mental health problems. In Stark County, Ohio, the Stark County Fam...

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Eillie Anzilotti

19 June 2018

United States

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Across the country municipalities are repurposing former juvenile detention centers as juvenile incarceration rates have declined and remaking them as places of healing. Each community is different in its approach, wi...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

8 June 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A new high school inside the New Orleans jail gives juvenile detainees the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation, not just a GED, and possibly find a different future. It's showing promise, with three people e...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program in Philadelphia created to divert students who get in trouble away from the juvenile justice system is poised to grow into the first Juvenile Justice Hub in the country with help from a competitive grant pro...

City Bureau

Sarah Conway

5 February 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A healing circle in Chicago brings together women who have lost their children through violence or incarceration to give one another support through the grieving process. It's part of an overall move toward restorativ...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth Miller

26 December 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A program in Albuquerque, New Mexico that successfully diverted young offenders from the criminal justice system still grappled with kids running away while under house arrest. This defeats the purpose of diversion si...

Jackson Free Press

Ko Bragg

29 November 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Media and public scrutiny as well as the experience of being detained can worsen the outlook for juvenile offenders. Increasing court involvement, keeping the media at bay, and having a juvenile facility can help the ...

News24

Beth Amato

27 November 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

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In South Africa, several programs help young people who come from backgrounds of violence and trauma find new ways to engage in the world through sports, or teaching empathy and positive communication. Others focus on...

Bright Magazine

Doug Bierend

31 October 2017

California, United States

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In Madera Juvenile Detention Facility, teens have access 6 hours a day to tablets loaded with learning and entertainment materials. The program aims to help teens productively use their time in prison and advance thei...

Philly.com (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia man imprisoned for 40 years for a crime he did not commit was finally freed when the prosecutor who helped put him behind bars realized he made a mistake and worked to get him out. The U.S. Supreme Cour...

Upworthy

Ally Hirschlag

26 October 2017

Tampa, Florida, United States

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A man convicted to a life sentence for a shooting he took part in at age 13 reached out to the woman he injured from prison and over the years they built a friendship based on forgiveness and trust. She helped him win...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

23 October 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle’s Central District continues plans to expand their juvenile detention center, one prosecutor is looking for ways to keep kids out of it. "Our system has proven woefully inadequate, so we can’t just keep doi...

Philly.com (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

6 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision allows those sentenced to life for crimes committed as juveniles to seek parole. These people make up more than half of lifers in Pennsylvania, which is considering numerous appeals,...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Krista M. Torralva

23 June 2017

Nueces County, Texas, United States

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In Nueces County, Texas, military-style boot camp was the norm for troubled juveniles, who were forced to complete drills that simulate ROTC with instructors. The newly named Robert N. Barnes Region Juvenile Facility ...

Washington Post

Molly McCluskey

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30 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The zero-tolerance of Philadelphia's school system towards even minor infractions from students was creating a detrimental school-to-prison pipeline that was doing more long term harm to youth than good. But one forme...

Philadelphia Media Network

Samantha Melamed

14 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, “500 men and about 10 women juvenile lifers who have been locked away for decades” will be released due to a recent Supreme Court decision that said it was unconstitutional for judges to strike autom...

The Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

24 December 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago plans to open a community court for young adult offenders that focuses on rehabilitative services and community support, giving them a chance to make reparations to victims and avoid a criminal record that ca...

Jackson Free Press

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14 December 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The approach of some state detention directors to juvenile justice has evolved at Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center. Research shows that traditional detention is simply not working as a deterrent to youth crime—and...

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