The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience produced this brief highlighting the latest findings in research on adolescent brain development relevant to the experiences of youth offenders in the juvenile justice. The short brief aims to inform the public and policymakers on how these findings should affect juvenile justice policies regarding the sentencing and incarceration of youth.
This new report from the Pittsburgh Foundation uses data gathered from a comprehensive survey of youth in Allegheny County to paint a picture of their involvement with the juvenile justice system and give recommendations on possible reforms to decrease this involvement and the negative consequences which result.
Watching my brother go to jail opened my eyes to the fact that I want to help and work with youth who have been incarcerated. There is no age requirement for the ability to feel pain over an uncontrollable situation. I’m 16 years old, and I’ve probably seen more of the system than most youth out in society.
The National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) makes the case for establishing a comprehensive community-based continuum of care for youth involved in the justice system to help avoid unnecessary incarceration and decrease recidivism.
I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25.
The American Civil Liberties Union crafted this report to highlight the ways in which our flawed parole system fails to grant parole to model inmates that were convicted with harsh sentences during their youth, essentially relegating them to a life behind bars despite the fact that they were promised the possibility of parole. The report makes the case for the reformation of the parole system so that well-behaved inmates who are clearly no threat to society may be released or at least seriously considered for release.