Lightning Blasted his Shoes off — and Illuminated a Pattern of Abuse by Staff

BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND AUDRA D.S. BURCH OCTOBER 10, 2017 -- Miami Herald For two days, Keyon Felder begged a half-dozen youth care workers to protect him from his tormenter, someone he accused of orchestrating three attacks by other teens — the last of which knocked him out, and injured his face, head, arms, legs, … Continue reading Lightning Blasted his Shoes off — and Illuminated a Pattern of Abuse by Staff

Why Is New York Still Prosecuting 16-Year-Olds As Adults?

Advocates for justice reform have been pushing for New York State to raise the age of criminal majority for decades. But only in the past few years have their efforts gained traction, thanks to a growing body of research on the development of the teenage brain, increased awareness of the unique risks faced by youth in the adult justice system, and broader acknowledgement of the long-term costs of incarcerating 16- and 17-year-old offenders.

Brentwood Residents Seek Gang Violence Solutions after Slayings

By Sarah Armaghan and David Olson Newsday September 17, 2016 Residents in Brentwood — reeling from the brutal slayings of two teenage girls — are demanding action from local, state and federal officials to combat the gang violence that has plagued their streets for years. Their anger — mixed with fear and frustration — is … Continue reading Brentwood Residents Seek Gang Violence Solutions after Slayings

Recent rape offers good argument for ‘a gun in hand,’ Waterville police chief says

Joe Massey's comments follow an attack on a 73-year-old woman, but researchers caution that the data is mixed on whether gun ownership can deter crime. MORNING SENTINEL February 11, 2016 Waterville police chief Joe Massey says the assault and rape of a 73-year-old city woman on Sunday makes a good case for why citizens should … Continue reading Recent rape offers good argument for ‘a gun in hand,’ Waterville police chief says

Data does not support state attorneys’ argument

by Jeffrey Butts January 21, 2016 Florida continues to send more juvenile offenders to adult prison than any other state in the nation. It is one of only 14 states that allow prosecutors alone to decide which children are tried as adults, and one of only three states that does not allow a judge to … Continue reading Data does not support state attorneys’ argument

Prosecutorial Power Unrelated to Drop in Crime

By Jeffrey Butts Special to The Sun The state of Florida continues to send more juvenile offenders to adult prison than any other state in the nation. It is one of only 14 states that allow prosecutors alone to decide which children are tried as adults, and one of only three states that does not … Continue reading Prosecutorial Power Unrelated to Drop in Crime

The Morning Call

As Coplay considers curfew, experts question effectiveness By Sarah M. Wojcik The Morning Call August 28, 2015 In Coplay Borough, where American flags line the streets and cheerful banners welcome visitors, police Chief Vincent Genovese doesn't like what he's been seeing on his police reports. The town of 3,300 residents is hardly crime-ridden, but there's … Continue reading The Morning Call

Amid Decline in Juvenile Arrests, State Boot Camp Closes

Spurred by a steep decline in juvenile arrests and pressures on the state budget, the state’s only military-style “boot camp” for juveniles graduated its last class in May. by Joseph O'Sullivan Seattle Times Olympia Bureau July 25, 2015 Beneath the razor wire, next to the fence door where kids entered Camp Outlook read a sign: … Continue reading Amid Decline in Juvenile Arrests, State Boot Camp Closes

Lafayette Courier-Journal

Alternate Reality: Teens Run Court for Peers by Dylan Peers McCoy, July 4, 2015 A shy, lanky teenager who disappears under the brim of his baseball hat, Ethan Johnson, 15, isn't the kind of guy who gets in trouble. That changed on a Tuesday in December, when he was caught stealing more than $300 of … Continue reading Lafayette Courier-Journal

DNAInfo

Trust in NYPD on the Rise in South Bronx, Survey Shows by Eddie Small | June 16, 2015 SOUTH BRONX — Amid rising crime rates and bad publicity, trust in the NYPD is on the rise in the South Bronx, according to a new survey. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice asked about 200 young … Continue reading DNAInfo

The New Orleans Advocate

In New Orleans, ‘Eligible’ Delinquents Increasingly Routed to Adult Courts, Prisons More Youths Routed to Adult Court KATY RECKDAHL| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE [ original article includes video ] March 31, 2015 One young man’s story sticks with Judge Mark Doherty. The teen had made his way to Juvenile Court twice before for minor offenses. … Continue reading The New Orleans Advocate

Albany Times Union

Juvenile justice changes 'successful,' John Jay College study shows New York state juvenile justice program that keeps troubled city youth "close to home" works by Dartunorro Clark March 13, 2015 A John Jay College of Criminal Justice report, to be released Monday, shows positive outcomes from a juvenile justice program aimed at keeping New York … Continue reading Albany Times Union