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Top 10 Youth Justice Reads for Loretta Lynch
Here's a list of some must-reads for an attorney general who wants to make a difference in juvenile justice.
‘Tough on Crime’ Fadeout: What Constitutes Safety?
In a letter-to-the-editor in The New York Times, JPI's Jason Ziedenberg discusses what public "safety" means after years of falling crime rates and the persistence of troubling justice policies.
New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration
A national juvenile justice campaign launched today with the ambitious goals of halving youth incarceration in 15 states over the next five years while expanding community-based alternatives for…
OP-ED: Reforming Juvenile Justice Requires Restructuring our Mindset
With youth crime rates and numbers of incarcerated youths declining , now is the ideal time to review how juvenile incarceration meets the needs of youths, their families and society.
Black Lives Matter—at School, Too
In the wake of the Ferguson uprising, black students nationwide are indicting the state violence they face in American education everyday.
Meet the Bail Bond Queen
Michelle Esquenazi owns one of the largest bail bond agencies in New York state. BuzzFeed News explores her controversial line of work.
‘Dual-status’ kids endure another kind of double jeopardy
Youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems have higher detention rates, behavioral health problems.
Medical parole can save Maryland money
Larry Bratt discusses how Maryland can save millions in taxpayer dollars by paroling its ill & elderly prison population.
Marc Schindler Talks Youth Incarceration in Maryland
JPI's Marc Schindler joined WPFW's Roach Brown to discuss juvenile justice in Maryland.
Cannabis: The Persecuted Plant
An archived research paper about Cannabis from 2011.
What Youth Incarceration Costs Taxpayers
A new report finds jailing young people costs state and local governments as much as $21 billion annually.
Letter: Uniformity needed in youth incarceration data
JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler, and Director of Research & Policy, Jason Ziedenberg, discuss the need for uniform state standards in juvenile justice data.
MacArthur Foundation Urges Major Changes in Juvenile Justice System
Solitary confinement of juveniles should be banned, and children should be exempt from sex offender registry requirements, according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Smart justice protects public, saves money
Conservatives are not only getting tough on crime, they are getting tough on the criminal justice budget.
Youth incarceration: bad ROI
Venture investor Mark Grovic explains why youth incarceration is such a poor investment, one he would never recommend to his clients or communities.
Report: Costs of Incarcerating Young Steep – and Potentially Crippling
Youth crime is down, and by a lot, but the costs of incarceration remain stubbornly high - and could get worse.
Juvenile Incarceration Rates Are Down; Racial Disparities Rise
More young women are being detained, in part, because of truancy, inability to get along with their families, and finding the wrong crowd, even the wrong boyfriends.
R.I. making progress, saving money, in helping juvenile offenders, state officials say
A national study on the costs of youth imprisonment recently reported that the confinement of a juvenile at the Rhode Island Training School carries a price-tag of about $186,000 per year.
Good and bad: Measure outcomes of juvenile justice system to improve youth recidivism in the state
Texas spends $133,911 per year on each young person it incarcerates, according to the new Justice Policy Institute report titled "Sticker Shock." You heard us right. The cost per annum would more…
The Year in Youth Services: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in 2014
Soon 2014 will be a memory of days gone by. For Youth Services Insider and everyone else at The Chronicle of Social Change , the memories will be fond.
To save money, provide quality pre-K, not incarceration
Washington would save money and help more children be successful if it invested more in early learning instead of paying higher costs to jail some of them later.
DC Police Complaints Board Announces New Member
JPI's Research & Grants Coordinator, Paul Ashton, was sworn in to the District of Columbia's Police Complaints Board.
Viewpoint: Jailing children in Florida is costly
If anyone needs more proof that Florida’s practice of incarcerating thousands of children is a truly bad idea, look no further than a new report that quantifies the real cost to taxpayers.
OP-ED: Young People’s Brain Development Gives Us Window for Change
On the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, JPI's Marc Schindler highlights how juvenile justice is in need of developmentally appropriate solutions for youth.
Why States Are Changing Course on Juvenile Crime
In the last six or seven years, states have begun to consider new approaches to juvenile offenders, backed by research showing that incarceration actually increases the chances a young person will…

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