Patterns of Juvenile Court Referrals of Youth Born in 2000

This bulletin describes the official juvenile court referral histories of more than 160,000 youth born in 2000 from 903 selected United States counties. Using data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, this bulletin focuses on the demographic and case processing characteristics of youth referred to juvenile court and the proportion of the cohort that was referred to juvenile court more than once, as well as histories defined as serious, violent, and chronic.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)

This is an EXCELLENT resource rand reports from this webpage have been posted before on this blog. The webpage can be accessed HERE.

For example there is a recent report where there is a publication that crime in 2020 WENT DOWN???

In 2020, a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic,the crime rate in California’s 72 largest cities declined by an average of 7 percent, falling to a historic low level(FBI, 2021). From 2019 to 2020, 48 cities showed declines in Part I violent and property felonies, while 24 showed increases. The 2020urban crime decline follows a decade of generally falling property and violent crime rates. These declines coincided with monumental criminal justice reforms that have lessened penalties for low-level offenses and reduced prison and jail populations


The report is available HERE

Long Road to Nowhere How Southern States Struggle with Long-Term Incarceration

The Deep South is the epicenter of mass incarceration. The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country, with prison populations growing by 86% between 1990 and 2019. For Southern states, prison populations exploded by 127% during that same period. During this time in history, America implemented “tough on crime” policies that responded to public health issues like the drug epidemic with incarceration instead of rehabilitation. Laws for even nonviolent crimes became more punitive with longer sentences, and people of color were disproportionately pushed into prisons with little hope for parole.
Access the article HERE

A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention. — ProPublica

A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.
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Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School — ProPublica

Michigan’s juvenile justice system is archaic. Counties act with little oversight, and the state keeps such poor data it doesn’t know how many juveniles it has in custody or what happens to them once they’re in the system.
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Cambridge publishes juvenile diversion manual for municipalities

The newly published “Police-Based Juvenile Diversion” manual is based on the Safety Net Collaborative, which is a partnership between the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance and the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs that was initially established in 2007. Together, these organizations provide health, mental health and social services to youth and families in Cambridge with the goal of curtailing youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and connecting them to services before issues escalate to potential delinquency
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