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Juvenile Justice

469 ABA Journal Juvenile Justice articles.

Lawsuit says diversion program meant to keep troubled kids out of the criminal justice system violates their constitutional rights

A class action lawsuit, pending in federal court for the Central District of California, alleges that the Riverside County Probation Department violates youths’ due process rights, their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures and their First Amendment right to associate with others. The ACLU argues that placement on “informal” probation leaves juveniles worse off than no intervention at all. One reason is that information gleaned through the program can be used against juveniles in future court cases; another is that children who participate in the program are presumed ineligible for diversion if they’re subsequently arrested.

Juvenile lifer, now 72, won landmark Supreme Court case but remains behind bars

A 72-year-old Louisiana inmate who was 17 when he killed a sheriff’s deputy must remain in prison, despite his U.S. Supreme Court victory in January 2016.

Parole was denied for…

GPS ankle monitors can call and record people without consent; do they violate 5th Amendment?

Updated: GPS electronic monitoring devices made by a company called the Track Group can call and record people who are required to wear the ankle monitors because they are on probation or awaiting trial.

Big decrease in serious crimes by California youths leaves juvenile halls unfilled; some call for closure

Serious crime by juveniles in California has plummeted over the last two decades, leaving beds unfilled in juvenile halls even as the costs of incarcerating each youth are skyrocketing.


Supreme Court to consider life-without-parole sentence for teen DC sniper

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether its decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be used to upend discretionary life-without-parole sentences imposed on…

Teen is arrested on murder charge after egg-throwing prank leads to fatal car crash

A 14-year-old Texas youth has been charged with murder in Houston after an egg-throwing incident on Tuesday led to a fatal car crash, according to the Harris County sheriff’s office.

ABA-supported juvenile justice bill with ‘rehabilitative purpose’ passes Congress

A bipartisan bill aiming to improve protections for youths in the juvenile justice system now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature after approval by the House of Representatives…

After election loss, judge releases nearly all juvenile defendants who promise not to kill anyone

A judge in Harris County, Texas, released nearly all the juvenile defendants who appeared before him Wednesday morning after asking whether they planned to kill anyone.

Judge Glenn Devlin did…

Judge will end routine courtroom shackling of juveniles in detention, who can be as young as 6

A judge in Durham, North Carolina, said Monday he will end his routine practice of shackling juveniles in his courtroom.

Judge Jim Hill issued a statement that said, as a…

The right age to die? For some, science outpaces the Supreme Court on juveniles, death penalty

When 15-year-old Luis Cruz joined the Latin Kings in 1991, he was a child by almost any measure: he couldn’t legally drive, drop out of school, or buy a beer. But was he still a child a few years later when—just months after he turned 18—he murdered two people on the orders of gang leaders?

Opioid family court cases increase

Child welfare agencies in Vermont, Minnesota and Ohio cite opioids as driving an increase in the number of children in foster care. A 2011 study found that opioid abuse was associated with increased domestic violence.

Resolutions on needs of homeless youth win ABA House approval, applause

The needs of homeless youth were addressed in resolutions passed by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday.

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty sponsored two resolutions at…

Teen in Slender Man case is sentenced to 40 years in psychiatric hospital

A Wisconsin teen who pleaded guilty to trying to kill a friend to curry favor with the fictional Slender Man character was sentenced to 40 years in a psychiatric hospital…

ABA urges Senate action on bipartisan sentencing reform bill

The ABA is calling for swift action by the U.S. Senate to pass a bipartisan sentencing reform bill.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917) was…

A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration

One California county is giving its citizens something that’s not typically on offer from the U.S. justice system: a refund.

This week, the Contra Costa County probation department will begin…

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