Juvenile Justice

399 ABA Journal Juvenile Justice articles.

The right age to die? For some, science outpaces the Supreme Court on juveniles, death penalty
When 15-year-old Luis Cruz joined the Latin Kings in 1991, he was a child by almost any measure: he couldn’t legally drive, drop out of school, or buy a beer. But was he still a child a few years later when—just months after he turned 18—he murdered two people on the orders of gang leaders?
Opioid family court cases increase
Child welfare agencies in Vermont, Minnesota and Ohio cite opioids as driving an increase in the number of children in foster care. A 2011 study found that opioid abuse was associated with increased domestic violence.
Resolutions on needs of homeless youth win ABA House approval, applause

The needs of homeless youth were addressed in resolutions passed by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday.

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty sponsored two resolutions at…

Teen in Slender Man case is sentenced to 40 years in psychiatric hospital

A Wisconsin teen who pleaded guilty to trying to kill a friend to curry favor with the fictional Slender Man character was sentenced to 40 years in a psychiatric hospital…

ABA urges Senate action on bipartisan sentencing reform bill

The ABA is calling for swift action by the U.S. Senate to pass a bipartisan sentencing reform bill.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917) was…

A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration

One California county is giving its citizens something that’s not typically on offer from the U.S. justice system: a refund.

This week, the Contra Costa County probation department will begin…

Advocating for at-risk children is Richard Hooks Wayman’s mission
Richard Hooks Wayman is national executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund. The privately financed nonprofit promotes medical care, education, housing, nutrition and safety for children, particularly the 13 million who live in poverty.
Ex-juvenile lifer makes the best of a second chance and forges a friendship with a lawyer

A Pennsylvania man decided to pay it back with an honest gesture after he benefited from a U.S. Supreme Court decision finding life sentences for juveniles to be unconstitutional.


Girls’ courts under scrutiny
As courtrooms specializing in girls’ cases crop up around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is examining whether they actually work.
Advocates work to keep young female offenders out of prison through early intervention
In pockets around the country, the movement to keep kids out of detention homes and prisons is beginning to give more focus to girls, whose experiences and vulnerabilities are markedly different from those of boys.
Time spent in solitary confinement drops dramatically in Illinois youth facilities

After years of sending youths to solitary confinement for days, weeks and even months at a time, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has taken drastic steps to reduce the…

California ends practice of billing parents for kids in detention

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law on Oct. 11, a sweeping package of criminal justice reform bills including a ban on the practice of billing parents for…

10 Questions: Judge and former NFL player Dwayne Woodruff
Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, a former professional football player—and Super Bowl champion—Woodruff went to law school full-time while he played defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, after more than a decade on the court bench, Woodruff is running for a seat on the state supreme court.
Suit blames teen’s suicide on scared-straight interrogation for sex-encounter recording

The parents of a suburban Chicago teen have filed a lawsuit blaming their son’s suicide on an 18-minute interrogation conducted by a police officer and dean at his high school…

DA plans to report judge for suggesting $1 fine for each inappropriate touch in harassment case

The district attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is criticizing a judge who suggested a $1 fine for each inappropriate touch in a juvenile’s harassment case.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for…

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