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Juvenile Justice

The Takeaway

Transforming the Juvenile Justice System

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Lucas County, Ohio has become a model for transforming its juvenile justice system, focusing on community-based rehabilitation rather than incarceration. 

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WNYC News

Cuomo Wants to Treat More Offenders as Juveniles

Monday, January 19, 2015

The governor says he'll introduce legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. 

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The Takeaway

West Virginia's School to Prison Pipeline

Friday, October 10, 2014

While the youth incarceration rate has decreased dramatically in most states, West Virginia has gone in the opposite direction. One reporter finds out why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chief Judge on Punishing Juvenile Offenders

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Chief Judge of New York State explains why he thinks the age of criminal responsibility should be raised.

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Schoolbook

Teen Accused of Killing Classmate Appears in Family Court

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Bronx 14-year-old's case is likely to proceed quickly now because of his age.

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The Takeaway

Inside America's 'Superpredator' Panic

Monday, April 07, 2014

In 1994, the murder of Robert Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member who went by the name "Yummy," set off a wave of panic about the next generation of juvenile criminals.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Kids for Cash"

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

U.S.-China Competition; Wave, a Memoir about the 2004 Tsunami; "Kids for Cash"; Please Explain

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!

WNYC News

Children's Advocates Say Prison System Should Not Treat 16- and 17-Year-Olds as Adults

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.

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WNYC News

Juvenile Task Force Requires Personal Touch from Police

Monday, March 04, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

More Young Offenders Diverted Away from Criminal Justice System

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.

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WNYC News

City Starts Taking Custody of Upstate Juvenile Offenders

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decision Review

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Slate senior editor and legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick talks about Monday's SCOTUS decisions, focusing on those prohibiting life without parole for juvenile offenders and overturning campaign finance limits in Montana.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Bans Life without Parole for Juveniles

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.

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The Takeaway

Juvenile Justice Through the Lens of Photographer Richard Ross

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.

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The Takeaway

Fighting Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

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.

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WNYC News

City to Take Custody of Local Juveniles from Upstate Facilities

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.

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Talk to Me

Bringing At-Risk Teens Closer to Home: A Forum on Juvenile Justice at The New School

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.

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WNYC News

Juvenile Incarceration Not Paying off, Study Says

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The nation's prosecutors should follow New York's example by sending more juvenile offenders to rehabilitation programs close to home instead of locking them up, a new report indicates.

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WNYC News

Chief Judge: NY Should Send More Teenage Offenders to Family Court

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.

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