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.
This new report from the National Juvenile Defender Center provides a detailed look at the unfortunate reality of minors being arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated without exercising their right to representation by an attorney. It gives a number of policy and practice recommendations that could help these disproportionately minority youth get proper access to representation.
This new report from the National Institute of Justice and the Harvard Kennedy School summarizes the ways in which the nation's current juvenile justice system negatively effects the youth involved in it, leading to high rates of recidivism and damaging effects on their well-being and future prospects. The authors recommend a number of community-based programs/approaches to replace the use of large-scale and ineffective youth prisons and detention facilities.