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Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Anthony Wallace

5 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Choose 180 channels Seattle-area young people into an alternative to court and jail when they commit relatively minor offenses. This "offramp" from the traditional justice system, serving a disproportionately Black an...

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Christina Cooke

15 June 2020

Wagram, North Carolina, United States

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A former North Carolina prison has been reclaimed by the nonprofit Growing Change to teach sustainable farming to youth who otherwise might be doomed to their own prison terms without an effective intervention. The 9-...

Underscore

Sergio Olmos

27 April 2020

Texas, United States

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Specialty dockets are used in some states to provide extensive follow-up and supervision to help juveniles end gang affiliations. The enhanced supervision usually includes a curfew, frequent unannounced home visits, r...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

25 February 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Beto O’Rourke’s failed Senate campaign in 2018 nonetheless has made lasting change in Texas’ largest city, where Democrats drawn to the polls by O'Rourke's candidacy swept out Republican judges who had blocked various...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

25 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Over the past 14 years, the city of Chicago has been running a Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) to help divert youth away from the criminal justice system. The goal of the program, which took a $5 milli...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

10 February 2020

Connecticut, United States

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Since 2007, Connecticut has taken major steps in juvenile justice reform – namely, the ages that youth are arrested or charged as adults. By moving 16 and 17 year olds out of the adult system and into the juvenile jus...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

28 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) offers support for youth experiencing incarceration. Funded by personal donations and grants, they offer art workshops and classes on how to navigate the just...

syracuse.com

Natasha S. Alford

23 January 2020

Syracuse, New York, United States

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At Syracuse, New York’s Hillbrook Detention Center for youth, the Thinking For A Change program provides kids with classes – taught by mentors with similar backgrounds – like conflict resolution, anger management, pro...

YR Media

Zari Tarazona

8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

NJ Advance Media

Barry Carter

18 November 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The 10-year-old Newark Youth Court has heard some 700 cases in which high school students serve as judge, jury, and lawyers in proceedings that avoid school discipline or criminal charges with creative exercises in pe...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

16 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York has taken great strides in reforming their juvenile justice system, and key to that has been ensuring that those in the system receive ongoing support once they return to their communities. Organizations like...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

11 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, the Close to Home initiative is taking a different approach to juvenile justice by centering it around a localized, residential, and rehabilitative model. These facilities operate out of traditional-...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

9 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York’s Close to Home legislation approaches the juvenile justice system through the lens of rehabilitation, moving those in up-state juvenile facilities to local, sometimes residential housing that emphasizes fami...

Casper Star-Tribune

Chris Aadland

15 July 2019

Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, United States

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On the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, a wellness court is helping connect clients with resources that are tailored to cultural practices "in addition to drug or alcohol treatment and mental health help." The progr...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

5 June 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city of Philadelphia has been experimenting and iterating on the development of a Juvenile Justice Hub – a program that would transform interactions between the city’s youth and the police. The Hub is in the testi...

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Emma Jane Kirby

16 April 2019

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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After graffitiing a historic landmark with swastikas and racist phrases, a juvenile prosecutor chose to educate rather than punish the perpetrators. Each teen was given a list of 35 books that covered topics like race...

NBC News

Ron Allen

13 April 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark Youth Court, the common mistakes and misbehavior of childhood lead to a trial in which all of the participants are high school students, and the outcomes center on second chances and atoning for wrongdoing t...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

6 March 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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As Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County seeks to transform how it handles young offenders, it looks to New York City as a model for change. In New York, the city has shifted its focus from large, state-run facilities to commu...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

24 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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For social service agencies, prioritizing well-being requires new procedures and a framework for understanding holistic wellness. The Full Frame Initiative has partnered with agencies in the states of Massachusetts an...

Christian Science Monitor

John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

United States

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

South Florida Media Network

Maria Serrano

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...

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