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“I Want to See my Child.” Juvenile Lockups Cut Visits Over COVID-19 Fears
Families fret about isolated youth behind bars.
As COVID-19 Measures Grow, Prison Oversight Falls
“We now have no idea what’s going on inside.”
What’s the Meaning of “Life” When Sentencing Kids?
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
What Have We Learned Since the Central Park Jogger Case?
An eerily similar crime in New York this week will test public attitudes about juvenile justice.
Case in Point
He Was 17 When He Went To Prison. How Much Should That Matter To The Parole Board?
If William Palmer wins in court, thousands could get closer to exiting California prisons.
Punishing Kids With Years of Debt
Courts often order children who break the law to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to victims—even when the victim is an insurance company.
October 2, 2018
Louisiana’s Taurus Buchanan Wins Parole After 25 Years
At 16, one deadly punch sent him away for life. The Supreme Court gave him a second chance at freedom.
September 19, 2018
This Agency Tried to Fix the Race Gap in Juvenile Justice. Then Came Trump
A new presidential appointee has quietly changed decades-old federal policies meant to improve racial disparities in youth incarceration.
August 14, 2018
A Dangerous Brain
Can neuroscience predict how likely someone is to commit another crime?
Andrew R. Calderon
August 12, 2018
The Right Age to Die?
For some, science is outpacing the High Court on juveniles and the death penalty.