Should 24-Year-Old Offenders be Considered Juveniles? This Story and More; News Roundup
Juvenile Justice Reform
- Youth Crime's Decline (NewsObserver.com)
The new approach to juvenile crime hasn’t just worked. It has worked spectacularly. A report last Sunday by The News & Observer’s Thomasi McDonald said that the number of young people under 16 charged with violent crimes has dropped by nearly 37 percent. The arrests in that same age group for property crimes are down 40 percent.
- Georgia Considers Juvenile Justice Reforms (The Augusta Chronicle)
After overhauling its adult criminal justice system to provide alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders and reduce skyrocketing prison costs, the state of Georgia is turning its attention to the juvenile justice system.
- DJJ Launches Roadmap to System Excellence (Florida Department of Juvenile Justice)
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) invited the people of Florida today to participate in a conversation about the Roadmap to System Excellence. The Roadmap builds on reforms already underway at DJJ and guides Florida on the path to becoming the national model for juvenile justice administration.
- Should 24-Year-Old Offenders be Considered Juveniles? (JJIE.org)
When the National Partnership for Juvenile Services annual symposium opened in Las Vegas, Jason Bowser, a youth service director from Columbus, Ind., told an executive committee that one of the standing committees was focusing on the question of “What is a juvenile?”
- Counties Push to Bypass State Youth Lockups (Statesman.com)
Counties in Texas might soon be allowed to incarcerate all their teenage lawbreakers locally rather than send them to state-run lockups that have been plagued by violence, high recidivism rates and gang activity in recent years, officials confirmed Wednesday.
- Juvenile Justice and the Campaign (TheCrimeReport.org)
California's second largest county is coping with widespread gang violence and prescription drug abuse among youth. But as election day nears, juvenile justice remains a whisper in a monsoon of economic rhetoric.
- [Opinion] Adolescents in Grown-Up Jails (The New York Times)
The practice of confining young people to adult jails and prisons is both counterproductive and inhumane. Adolescents who are locked up with adults are more likely to be raped, battered or driven to suicide than young people who are handled through the juvenile justice system. After the trauma of doing hard, adult time, young people often return home as damaged individuals who are more likely to commit violent crimes and end up back inside.
- Florida To Completely Privatize Juvenile Correctional Facilities (HuffingtonPost.com)
In an effort to reduce costs, Florida's state-run residential programs for juveniles will soon be completely privatized. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced Monday that the state will relinquish control of the five remaining public youth residential centers by October 2013.
- Dog Trainer Teaches Empathy at Tehama Juvenile Hall (Redding.com)
When dog trainer Gary Watts faces a group of kids detained in juvenile hall, he's focused on his mission. With a Labrador retriever named Abby in tow, he puts her through her paces and methodically demonstrates the fine points of canine obedience.
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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
- ADHD Drugs Become Popular, Dangerous Study Solution for Students (NBCNews.com)
Adderall is the prescription medication commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but the stimulant has become increasingly popular among ambitious high school and college students looking to focus for extended periods of time and perform better academically.
- What Sways Teens Not to Drink, Drive? Stories, Not Stats (CNN.com)
After all the laws, stats and warnings, researchers and advocates are learning that peers and parents are among the most powerful influences on whether teens drink alcohol. A report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the number of teens who drink and drive dropped by 54% in the last 20 years. Ninety percent of high school students surveyed said they don't drink and drive at all.
- Teens, Young Adults Driving Prescription Drug Abuse Increase, Study Finds (Drugfree.org)
Teenagers and young adults are abusing prescription painkillers at a rate 40 percent higher than what would be expected for their age group, a new study finds. The findings reinforce concerns by law enforcement and medical experts that the wide availability of painkillers is dangerous for adolescents, according to The Denver Post.
David Backes writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment to ReclaimingFutures.org. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. David works as an account executive for Prichard Communications.