November 1, 2007
Notable recent coverage of juvenile justice issues
This new AP piece from New York discusses a recent report about juvenile justice in New York and highlights the growing attention being given to these issues lately. Here are snippets from the AP piece:
New York's juvenile justice system is costly and ineffective, says a statewide coalition that proposed a series of reforms Thursday. It costs about $150,000 a year to keep a juvenile in a detention center, and yet three out of every four are arrested again within three years of release, according to "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York," a nonprofit, anti-crime organization led by more than 300 sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, and victims of violence.
"The state's detention centers are a revolving door," said Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins, president of the New York State Chiefs Association. "It's clear that our current system is putting too many juveniles on a path to becoming career criminals. It's expensive, it's not working, and it's time to change."
Too many of the state's most dangerous young offenders are not receiving the intensive interventions needed to address their aggression, substance abuse problems and anti-social behavior, according to the 29-page report titled "Getting Juvenile Justice Right in New York."
In a related vein, NPR has done this set of pieces recently about distinct juvenile justice systems in different states:
- Missouri Sees Teen Offenders as Kids, Not Inmates
- Crisis-Prone Texas Juvenile Facilities Look to Reform
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I am a Criminal Justice Major, I have worked in the Juvenile System for some seven years now. I was an Advocate CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children int he system, then I worked for CASA and really got a taste for a system that abuses children. It is the system of governormental policy that has created a backed up cesspool of deliquents. Most kids that are incarcerated now were in the system already as wards of the state and because we put them there, then left them there, says little about our reform ideas. Of course they all don't stay there, maybe 1 out of 5 make it out. The rest are left to languishin in a system that neither takes care of them nor caters to the needs that they exhibit. It might help if we stop calling them juveniles (which gives a negative feedback) and address them as young people in need of some serious reform.
Posted by: Patricia O'Nery | May 3, 2008 1:06:00 AM