The Washington Post discusses Texas Public Policy Foundation’s newly released report “Kids Doing Time for What’s Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders,” saying “we need resist the impulse to address every societal problem with the criminal justice system. It’s a blunt instrument, and especially with kids, applying it inappropriately causes a lot more harm than good.”
ROC policy director Marc Levin writes in Talking Points Memo:
If you miss one too many days of work or stay out for the night when you said you’d be home, you might find yourself in hot water, but chances are you won’t wind up in trouble with the law, or worse, in jail.
While this is true for adults, it’s a different reality for kids who break curfew, show up to school late one too many times, or commit other non-violent status offenses – actions that wouldn’t be a crime if they were carried out by an adult.
Marc Levin: “Certainly, hold [juvenile offenders] accountable. But in the right place and under the right circumstances — and that is not adult prison.”
“As a conservative who puts family first, I am encouraged to see that states are reforming their juvenile justice systems to produce better results for victims, offenders and taxpayers.”
Bob McClure, ROC signatory and president of the James Madison Institute, “applauds the effort” of Florida’s bill to reform juvenile justice, but believes that more can be done.
“We feel it important to codify the principles and practices borne out by research in Florida’s juvenile justice program that saves money and ensures positive outcomes for children.”
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of the Texas Senate, The Honorable Steve Teske, Chief Judge of Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Ryan Turner, General Counsel and Director of Education at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, and Representative James White of the Texas House of Representatives serve as panelists for “Addressing Truancy: Keeping Kids In School and Off the Streets” at TPPF’s 2014 Policy Orientation.
TPPF Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Reddy moderates this policy primer featuring Riley Shaw, Chief Juvenile Prosecutor of Tarrant County, George Gascon, D.A. of San Francisco, Judge Pat Lykos and Representative Joe Moody as they discuss methods of improving the juvenile justice system.
In his article “Broken Families, Parents Without Skills, Kids in Juvenile Justice,” Mike Klein discusses juvenile justice reform in Georgia.
New report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and National Juvenile Justice Network:
The conclusion of the Comeback States report made a case that additional reductions in youth incarceration were needed beyond those achieved in the 2001-to-2010 period. Reasons given for the need for further reductions included: the high human and taxpayer costs of youth incarceration; the under-utilization of alternatives to incarceration; the continuing widespread incarceration of youth for non-serious offenses; and below-average adoption of incarceration-reducing policies by more than half of the 50 states.
Suppose you own two automobiles; a brand-new, 8-seat SUV and an old, broken-down coupe. The SUV is more than capable of safely and conveniently transporting your family to their individual destinations, while every trip with the coupe is a roll of the dice. Would you pay to keep it running in its current state? Moreover, would you borrow money from your neighbor to do so?
The current notion of keeping open an unneeded, and ineffective state youth lockup that was budgeted for closure is no less senseless.