Juvenile Justice Reform
- How Curfews Have Changed Through History (TIME)
In light of recent events in Baltimore, Lily Rothman, Archive Editor of TIME.com, examines the historical reasons for and effects of curfews, and why emergency curfews should be thought of differently than permanent juvenile curfews.
- Lead Belly and John Legend to Attorney General Lynch: Redress Juvenile Injustices (Huffington Post)
Although American musician Huddie William Ledbetter (a.k.a. Lead Belly) died in 1949, his fight against discrimination and inequality in the criminal justice system continues to heavily influence musicians, including John Legend, a winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Original Song "Glory," from the film Selma. Liz Ryan, President & CEO of the Youth First! Initiative, reports on Legend's recent visit to D.C.'s New Achievement Center, and his talk about the connection between educational equality and the current system for juvenile incarceration. Ryan stresses that new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, should take into account the words of influential social activists - like Lead Belly and Legend - and put focus on redressing juvenile injustices.
- Why is the Juvenile Justice System Failing Girls? (USA Today)
According to FBI records, more than 250,000 girls were arrested in the U.S. in 2013. Earlier this week (April 29, 2015), USA Today's Web Content Editor, Eileen Rivers, co-hosted a live chat exploring why girls end up in the juvenile justice system, what happens after a girl is arrested, and what is being done to help girls in the system. You can check out the results of the live chat, as well as Rivers' three-part audio series on the juvenile justice system and why it's failing girls.
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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health
- Translating the Science of Childhood Stress Into Youth Service Practice (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
Recent research suggests that exposure to toxic stress can affect a child's brain development, which in turn affects not only childhood, but the entire life of an individual. Hyra and Kendall, from ICF International, suggest and provide ways that child and youth service professionals may aid in reducing the effects of toxic stress in young people and, in doing so, help protect adulthood.
- Youthful binge drinking changes the brain -- for the worse -- into adulthood (LA Times)
The results of a new study conducted on rats suggest that the adult brain of someone who drank alcohol heavily in their formative years, behaves differently than the brain of someone who skipped this common teen phase.
- Access to Mental Health Care (Office of Adolescent Health)
Due to social stigma that casts shadow over mental health, most young adults never receive treatment or support for disorders. Here's a list of adolescent mental health services recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health.
Updated: September 23 2020