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News March 28
Even after the high-profile death of Kalief Browder, jails in the rest of the state routinely isolate juveniles.
Commentary February 28
His “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions.
News January 7
A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration.
Life Inside December 7, 2017
A “baby-faced kid” comes of age while incarcerated.
Commentary December 1, 2017
The process that sent a teenage sex-trafficking victim to prison for life didn’t fail. It worked as it was designed to.
News November 30, 2017
What it’s like to spend your teenage years tethered to Big Brother.
Life Inside August 3, 2017
A Yale Law School graduate speaks to young incarcerated people and faces his own past.
News August 1, 2017
Recent rulings in a half-dozen states signal new momentum.
Commentary May 15, 2017
Fifty years after a landmark Supreme Court case, juvenile courts still lack due process.
News April 28, 2017
The news from your local lockup is not good.
News April 14, 2017
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
News March 12, 2017
Now 28, he’ll be re-sentenced, unless the court finds him ‘irreparably corrupt.’
News March 3, 2017
The announcement comes just hours after we highlighted the practice.
News March 2, 2017
For 40 years, many parents have had to pay for their children's incarceration, but that may be changing.
News February 12, 2017
Suggestions from the people who know juvenile detention best.
Commentary January 24, 2017
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
Case in Point January 9, 2017
Alabama never forgave Phillip Chance for running away.
Justice Lab October 27, 2016
Science — and law enforcement — are rethinking young adults.
News September 27, 2016
But in South Carolina, making the juvenile system more humane will be much harder.
News September 22, 2016
In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.
Analysis August 8, 2016
Blame the good guys.
Commentary June 15, 2016
Getting suspended or expelled should not be the end of hope.
Commentary May 22, 2016
We’re going to shackle you while you give birth, but you’ll look great.
Justice Talk April 25, 2016
Today from 11 AM to 5 PM EST, we'll be talking juvenile justice with Digg. Brush up by reading some of the best reporting we could find on the topic, and then bring your questions for the experts.
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
News March 3, 2016
They’re harsh, dangerous and isolated — and may be around for a while.
Q&A February 17, 2016
‘There was nothing I could do with him being in there.’
Feature February 2, 2016
Kahton Anderson and the raging raise-the-age debate.
Feature January 27, 2016
Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment.
Analysis January 27, 2016
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
News January 25, 2016
The Montgomery ruling says juveniles sentenced to life without parole must get a shot at a new sentence or parole.
Feature January 4, 2016
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
News January 4, 2016
A law practice finds thousands whose sentences could be affected by Miller v. Alabama
Feature December 16, 2015
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
Justice Lab November 18, 2015
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Feature November 11, 2015
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
Justice Lab November 3, 2015
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
Analysis September 25, 2015
When courts “de-publish” rulings to limit their impact.
News September 22, 2015
New study places a quarter of the sentences in a handful of urban areas.
News June 25, 2015
Age restriction would be toughest in the nation.
Commentary June 22, 2015
The not-so-nice kids don’t deserve to be brutalized, either.
News June 19, 2015
Inside the German prison system, day four.
Commentary June 12, 2015
A Colorado judge on why we don’t know nearly enough about the link between the young brains and behavior.
News June 8, 2015
Re-assessing a videotaped interrogation.
News June 3, 2015
States are raising the age of who counts as an adult, but it’s no simple task.
News May 20, 2015
How many years make a life sentence for a teenager?
Justice Lab May 15, 2015
Is being 19 years old a defense?
News April 14, 2015
One by a nervous kid. One by a self-styled hit man. A Detroit whodunnit.
News April 3, 2015
Allegations in Harlem the latest blow to a celebrated anti-violence program.
News March 27, 2015
But does the state go far enough?
News March 24, 2015
It’s Florida, hands down.
Commentary March 2, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision about juveniles and the death penalty, what has really changed?
News February 20, 2015
Can classic community policing prevent terrorism?
Justice Lab January 15, 2015
A new book faults Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the NAACP for our prison state.
News January 14, 2015
Now comes the hard part.
Looking Back December 29, 2014
How children became adults in the eyes of the law.
The Frame December 22, 2014
Andrew Renneisen captures the collateral damage of street violence.
Graphics December 19, 2014
A guide to the latest stats in the world of criminal justice.
Justice Lab December 18, 2014
Another way justice is not colorblind
News December 13, 2014
The sweet spot in criminal justice reform.
The Frame December 8, 2014
Photographer Zora Murff reveals what it’s like to be a kid in the system.
Feature October 6, 2014
Junior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia sent him to jail.