Juvenile Justice

Your source for youth perspectives on juvenile justice issues and trends.

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From My Victims’ Standpoint

Michael Webb is serving 25 years to life in California’s San Quentin prison for first-degree murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was 17 years-old when he committed the crime and started serving his time at 19.

In this essay, Webb reflects on his act. Putting himself in the shoes of his victims’ wife, Webb imagines what it would be like for her to meet him face-to-face for the first time.

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Unlocked: Juvenile Probation Reformed

Back in 2000, Wayne County made some major changes to its juvenile probation system, making the program more therapeutic. Before reforms in Wayne County, the recidivism rate for juveniles was about six in ten kids. Now the recidivism rate is low — holding steady at around 16 percent.

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Unlocked: From Probation to Incarceration

In recent years, Alameda country’s incarcerated juvenile population dropped by half. Now, instead of using detention centers that remove kids from their homes, judges are ordering young offenders into the probation system. But the system presents hidden challenges.

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Unlocked: An Investigation Into Juvenile Incarceration and its Alternatives

Reported over four months, Unlocked is a three-part investigation into alternatives to juvenile incarceration–both model programs and cases that raise serious concerns. From Alameda County in San Francisco’s East Bay, to Wayne County, Michigan, Youth Radio reveals how moves away from juvenile incarceration are affecting youth and the system.

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