Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

The Juvenile Law Center conducted research in all 50 states to analyze the financial burden imposed on youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. The resulting report shows how this financial burden increases recidivism, lengthens detention times, exacerbates racial disparities in the system and puts undue economic and emotional distress on the effected families and youth. It concludes with a number of policy recommendations to help address these major problems.

World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth

This report from the International Labour Organization provides a comprehensive look at current employment statistics for youth worldwide and discusses the trends of the near future. It worryingly shows how many youth, in developed and developing countries, live in poverty even when they are employed due to low wages and lack of full-time work with benefits. The report also unfortunately predicts a rise in youth unemployment and makes policy recommendations to help alleviate the problems.

What Free Won’t Fix: Too Many Public Colleges are Dropout Factories

The centrist think tank, Third Way, released this report which demonstrates how high the dropout rates are in public higher education. The report shows how many of these students must take on student loans which they must pay regardless of whether they graduate, saddling themselves with debt and negatively impacting the economy as a whole.

Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

This new report from the Center for American Progress' Movement Advancement Project shows how LGBTQ youth are vastly over-represented in both the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The report explains the many reasons for this and highlights the troubling occurrences of rampant mistreatment and abuse these disadvantaged youth face in all areas of the system from the streets to court proceedings and then while in detention, threatening both the welfare and the constitutional rights of LGBTQ youth across the nation.

Health Risks Among Sexual Minority Youth

This new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses the first nationally representative study of U.S. lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) high school students to summarize the many areas in which these students are prone to higher health and safety riskes compared to non-LGB students. This higher risk is caused by bullying, isolation, greater instances of sexual violence and higher rates of depression, among other factors. The report concludes with a number of policy recommendations meant to address these troubling findings.

No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State

The National Conference of State Legislatures prepared this report to highlight the troubling state of the current education system in the U.S. and how the nation's students are falling behind those of other countries. The report summarizes the key policies and factors which make other education systems more successful and recommends ways in which these ideas could be adopted and revised for widespread implementation at the state level in the U.S.

A Glimpse Inside the Coffers: Endowment Spending at Wealthy Colleges and Universities

This report from the Education Trust details the extreme wealth stratification occurring among institutions of higher education across the nation. It finds that about 3.6 percent of colleges and universities hold nearly 75 percent of all postsecondary endowment wealth. The report also shows how this endowment wealth is not often used to invest in low-income students, leading to further exclusion for these disadvantaged students and entrenchment of the wealthy in academia.

Educational Exclusion: Drop Out, Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) examines the ways in which school systems disproportionately discipline LGBTQ youth while also failing to create a safe environment for them. The report shows how this contributes to an accelerated "school-to-prison pipeline" that harms the lives of LGBTQ youth by forcing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems at higher rates than non-LGBTQ youth.