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DC Crime Emergency In Context

The Mayor’s emergency proposal to crackdown on D.C. youth through an historic erosion of youth protections, and increased surveillance and policing is not justified by crime data or best practices for enhancing public safety.

Cost-Effective Youth Corrections: Rationalizing the Fiscal Architecture of Juvenile Justice Systems

A number of states have shown that by rethinking how they fund their juvenile justice systems, states and localities can succeed in keeping more youth at home, reduce the number of youth incarcerated, and promote better outcomes for young people moving through these systems.

Disparity by Design: How Drug-Free Zone Laws impact Racial Disparity-and Fail to Protect Youth

Thanks to the work of concerned policymakers and reform advocates across the country, public discussions have been sparked in many states about the fairness and efficacy of drug-free zone laws.

Factsheet: Crime, Race and Juvenile Justice Policy in Perspective

African American youth arrest rates for drug violations, assaults and weapon offenses are higher than arrest rates for white youth—even though both report similar rates of delinquency.

2005 Crime Rise in Context

This factsheet includes bindings based on a longer timeline as context for policy choices that may impact crime and public safety.

Ganging Up on Communities: Putting Gang Crime in Context

In an effort to better understand the national public safety impact of gangs, this policy brief examines leading national indicators of crime to put the concern around gangs in the context of those crime trends.

Ganging Up on Crime?

The Bush administration and Congress support huge cuts to programs that serve youth, which is likely to do more to destabilize communities and aggravate crime than promote public safety.

Effective Methods of Reducing Youth in Secure Placements

JPI was asked to provide recommendations as to how youth in institutional custody, particularly those with low risk-assessment scores, could be safely managed in the community.

Workforce and Youth Development: Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders

With juvenile crime and justice receiving sustained attention and study, employment and training programs for court-involved young people have been examined as providing solutions to some of the challenges facing the nation’s juvenile justice system.

Reducing Racial Disparities: Reducing Disproportionate Detention of Minority Youth - Pathways 8

Over the past two decades, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has organized and funded a series of projects aimed at safely minimizing populations in juvenile correctional facilities through fairer, better informed system policies and practices and the use of effective community-based alternatives.

Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement: The Multnomah County, Oregon Success Story and its Implications

The vast majority of youth in a detention center are awaiting trial for non-violent acts, and many should not be held in locked custody.

A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention Rates in Maryland the District of Columbia

Several hundred thousand youth churn through our nation’s detention facilities each year – youth who have been arrested, but not convicted, of any charges.

Schools and Suspensions: Self-Reported Crime and the Growing Use of Suspensions

In 1998, in the wake of tragic shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, West Paducah, Kentucky, Pearl, Mississippi and other communities, the Justice Policy Institute sought to inject some context and data analysis into the discussion of school violence.

Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime in the News

In January 2000, the Building Blocks for Youth initiative issued its first report, The Color of Justice, which found that youth of color in California were more than eight times as likely to be incarcerated by adult courts as White youth for equally serious crimes.

Drugs and Disparity: The Racial Impact of Illinois' Practice of Transferring Young Drug Offenders to Adult Court

As a result of laws passed in the mid-80s, 99% percent of the youth in Cook County, Illinois transferred to adult court for drug crimes are African-American or Latino.

School House Hype: Two Years Later

In this report, JPI compares the notion that children faced growing risks of violent death by gunfire with the statistical reality of school shootings.

The Florida Experiment: An analysis of the practice of granting prosecutors discretion to try juveniles as adults

Florida is one of 15 states that allow prosecutors–not a judge–to decide whether children arrested for crimes ranging from shoplifting to robbery should be dealt with in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system.

Second Chances: 100 Years of the Children's Court, Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice

Before women could vote and while segregation was still the law of the land, their efforts led to the creation of the first juvenile court in the world, which opened its doors on July 3, 1899 in Chicago, Illinois.

School House Hype: School Shootings and the Real Risks Kids Face in America

During the 1997-98 school year, the American public was riveted by the images: small town and suburban schools taped off by police-lines, paramedics rushing to wheel tiny bodies away on gurneys and kids being carted off in hand-cuffs.

Runaway Juvenile Crime?: The context of juvenile arrests in America

Supporters of S-10 are pulling statistics out of context in order to drive a hysterical sense that juvenile crime is on the rise.

The Will of the People? The Public's Opinion of the Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender

The United States Senate is expected to vote on a bill shortly which would radically alter America's juvenile justice system.

The Pods of Elmore County: A Glimpse into the Rhetoric Behind the Juvenile Crime Bill

A previous report by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) revealed that, when juveniles are jailed or imprisoned with adults, they are 5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted, 8 times more likely to commit suicide, and significantly more likely to reoffend than juveniles who are incarcerated in juvenile facilities.

The Risks Juveniles Face When They Are Incarcerated With Adults

Child advocates, law enforcement officials, and criminologists have urged Congress to consider the destructive effects of placing youth in adult jails and prisons a substantial body of research shows that placing youth in adult institutions accentuates criminal behavior after release.

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