Monday, July 07, 2014
By Beth Fertig
The Bronx 14-year-old's case is likely to proceed quickly now because of his age.
Friday, February 28, 2014
In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, elected a charismatic judge who was determined to keep kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were taken from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent question this harsh treatment, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately owned juvenile detention centers where the kids were incarcerated. Robert May tells the story in his documentary “Kids for Cash.” He’ll be joined by Hillary Transue, a formerly incarcerated youth, and Marsha Levick, Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center. "Kids for Cash" is playing in NYC at Village 7 and Empire 25.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Geoff Dyer, former Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, talks about how China and the US are competing for global influence. Sonali Deraniyagala talks about Wave, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. We’ll find out about a new documentary about a Pennsylvania judge who imposed harsh sentences on the kids who came before him in exchange for cash from the privately owned juvenile detention centers he helped fill. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about hypnosis!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
A coalition of civil rights groups and children's advocates are asking Albany to raise the age when young offenders are arrested and prosecuted as adults.
Monday, March 04, 2013
By Tracie Hunte : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
The NYPD is trying a unique approach aimed to cut down on the number of juvenile offenders in the city by targeting those most as risk.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
The city is keeping many more juvenile offenders out of the court system and sending them to community based programs instead.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that the city's efforts to move juvenile delinquents from upstate facilities to placements in New York City where they will be closer to home is underway.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children under 17-years-old are unconstitutional. Bryan Stevenson, an attorney and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, argued the case before the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It's hard to imagine life inside an 8x10 concrete cell, but for thousands of American minors, that's reality. They spend night after night locked inside a juvenile detention center. Photographer Richard Ross tries to bring that world to the mainstream public in a new series called "Juvenile-in-Justice." Ross has spent the last five years documenting 350 facilities in over 30 states. What's it like to be locked up in a juvenile detention center? Through stories and photographs, Richard Ross gives us a glimpse.
Monday, April 16, 2012
In March, the Supreme Court heard one of the most widely anticipated cases of this term. In two related cases, Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, human rights attorney Bryan Stevenson argued that sentencing minors to life in prison without parole is cruel and unusual punishment. Stevenson, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative has long dedicated his life to the injustices he sees in America's justice system, especially along racial and socioeconomic lines. Stevenson talks about his work and his commitment to challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
New York City will soon take responsibility for its youthful offenders instead of shipping them to facilities upstate, an option that has been viewed as ineffective and costly. The change is something child advocates and city officials have been pushing for for years.
Monday, March 05, 2012
The Center for New York City Affairs recently hosted a forum to review the connection between child welfare and juvenile justice in New York City and the state. Listen to the forum here.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
New York State's chief judge said the state should no longer try 16- and 17-year olds as adults in criminal courts if they are charged with less serious crimes.