Bathroom Bills and Trans Youth

As a queer Jewish teenager, I have the uncommon privilege of having relationships with people between 20 and 50 years older than me with similar intersectionalities.

How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?

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.

The Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model

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.

No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State

The National Conference of State Legislatures prepared this report to highlight the troubling state of the current education system in the U.S. and how the nation's students are falling behind those of other countries. The report summarizes the key policies and factors which make other education systems more successful and recommends ways in which these ideas could be adopted and revised for widespread implementation at the state level in the U.S.

Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education

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.

Most States Have Cut School Funding, and Some Continue Cutting

The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities recently conducted a comprehensive survey of state budget documents related to education funding across the nation. This report discusses the main takeaways from this survey, highlighting the fact that most states have drastically cut education funding to even below pre-recession levels and continue to seek further cuts.

Status Offenses: A National Survey

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice examines the laws concerning status offenses state-by-state and finds a wide variation in the laws and how they affect outcomes and sentencing options for those charged.