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‘Gynnya! Wake Up!’: In-Custody Death of Black Teen Triggers Fresh Concerns for Detained Juveniles

In a year that started with such encouraging steps as the Supreme Court’s decision to extend a ban on mandatory minimum life sentences for juveniles, advocates are concerned about what Gynnya McMillen’s death could mean, not only for juvenile offenders but for Black girls.

In a year that started with such encouraging steps as the Supreme Court’s decision to extend a ban on mandatory minimum life sentences for juveniles, advocates are concerned about what Gynnya McMillen’s death could mean, not only for juvenile offenders but for Black girls.

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Nebraska Juveniles Face Solitary Confinement for Having ‘Too Many Books’

Nebraska juveniles are routinely placed in isolation for days and weeks at a time, defying best practices developed by mental health experts, a report finds.

Nebraska juveniles are routinely placed in isolation for days and weeks at a time, defying best practices developed by mental health experts, a report finds.

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Report Details Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls

A new report shows how instead of getting help, girls who experience sexual abuse are often funneled into the juvenile justice system, where their traumas are ignored or retriggered.

A new report shows how instead of getting help, girls who experience sexual abuse are often funneled into the juvenile justice system, where their traumas are ignored or retriggered.

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Third Pennsylvania Judge Rules Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Unconstitutional

Judges from York, Monroe, and Lancaster counties have now all written opinions stating that the law fails to take juveniles' greater capacity for reform into account.

Judges from York, Monroe, and Lancaster counties have now all written opinions stating that the law fails to take juveniles’ greater capacity for reform into account.

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Invisible Prisoners: Why Are So Many Children, Especially Girls, Placed in Solitary Confinement?

When we hear about solitary confinement, we often imagine it as a form of extreme punishment inflicted on the most vicious and dangerous criminals in prison. The last thing you would expect is for this practice to be inflicted on children. But it is.

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Crime and Obesity: Let’s Get to the Heart of the Problems

Even a cursory look at correctional and obesity statistics in the United States reveals deep-seated disparities which knee-jerk reactions—in particular those that blatantly ignore color and class—cannot fix.

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States Cut Juvenile Justice Budgets: Who Wins?

States across the country are closing youth prisons sending thousands of young people home. Yet, as almost none of the money saved will fund services they will, cutting them adrift.

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