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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Education produced this report as part of an effort to call on states to invest in education instead of incarceration. The report uses comprehensive fiscal data to analyze and compare the trends in education and corrections funding throughout the U.S. over the last few decades. Shockingly, the report has found that increases in spending on corrections far outpaces that of education.
This new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics uses 2012 survey data to show that the occurrence of sexual abuse in youth detention facilities is more frequent in lower-staffed facilities, facilities with greater numbers of logged complaints, facilities with more reported general violence and those with greater gang presence. Above all, the report conveys the message that youth sexual victimization in the juvenile justice system is preventable with adequate funding, facilities and staff.