Madison — A coalition called Thursday for closing the state’s youth prisons next year and focusing on rehabilitating juvenile offenders locally. The proposal by Youth Justice Milwaukee is aimed at having young offenders treated or incarcerated in Milwaukee County instead of Lincoln Hills School for Boys or Copper Lake School for Girls. Those north woods Read More
Our country’s system of youth incarceration is unjust, ineffective and costly. The overwhelming evidence shows that alternatives to youth prisons are more fair, more safe, and more economically sound.
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A new report, published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), documents ineffectiveness, endemic abuses, and high costs in youth prisons throughout the country. The report systematically reviews recent research in developmental psychology and widespread reports of abuse to conclude that the Read More
Hear the podcast with Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Vice President Lisa Hamilton who recently spoke to Youth First’s Liz Ryan about what’s wrong with America’s prevailing juvenile justice system, what a better system looks like, and how we can help states end their reliance on youth prisons and incarcerating kids. The podcast is available online at: Read More