Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

This groundbreaking new study recently released by the Georgetown University Law Center uses comprehensive survey data to show how the perception of black girls by the majority of the public differs from that of their peers. The results show, among many other worrying findings, that black girls are perceived as being older, less in need of nurturing, less in need of protection, and that they know more about adult topics at a younger age. The report shows how these perceptions have profound implications for how black girls are treated in the education and juvenile justice systems relative to their peers of other ethnicities.

Implementing Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Reforms

The Urban Institute summarizes and analyzes the effectiveness of the implementation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative in three demonstration sites in Delaware, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Juvenile Justice Reform Program Grants

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Raise the Age: Shifting to a Safer and More Effective Juvenile Justice System

This new report from the Justice Policy Institute highlights the growing movement known as "Raise the Age" which seeks to convince state governments across the country to no longer try youth, ages 16 and 17, as adults except for in extremely extenuating circumstances. All available evidence points to better outcomes, more safety and less recidivism for these youth when they are served by the juvenile justice system as opposed to the adult court system.