Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts

The Campaign for Youth Justice published this latest update and summary of the progress made by states in reforming their state justice policies to keep youth out of their adult criminal justice systems. The report highlights how 19 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws in the period from 2015 to 2017, helping to quicken the trend that began in 2009 through which the number of youth in adult jails has dropped by nearly two-thirds.

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.