Posts byGary Gately

Expert Calls for Suicide Screening in All Juvenile Detention Centers

This story originally ran on JJIE.org: All juvenile detention centers should carefully screen incoming detainees for suicidal thoughts and inclinations, says a prominent expert on suicide risk among youths in detention. Psychologist Karen M. Abram, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, pointed to
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DOJ Faulted for Not Requiring PREA Audits

This story originally appeared on JJIE.org The U.S. Department of Justice has come under intense criticism for not requiring states to conduct rigorous audits of correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Instead of requiring the audits, the department is allowing states to provide written assurances they will spend DOJ funds to make progress toward compliance with
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AG Holder Speaks Against Excessive Use of Isolation and Solitary for Youth With Disabilities

This post originally ran on partner site JJIE.org U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. condemned “excessive” use of solitary confinement of children with mental illness in juvenile facilities. “At a minimum, we must work to curb the overreliance on seclusion of youth with disabilities,” including mental illness, Holder said in a video posted on the Justice Department
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Report Highlights Stark Racial Disparities Among U.S. Children

This story originally ran on partner site JJIE.org African-American, Latino and American Indian children lag well behind white and Asian children based on a dozen measures of success, a report released Tuesday found. The 33-page report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed stark differences
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Juvenile Justice Experts Scrutinize OJJDP’s Role Ahead of New Recommendations

From partner site JJIE.org For more than a decade,  the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has been beset by inadequate funding and Congress dictating how it spends much of what it does receive, frequent changes in leadership, and waning influence. Now the role, mission and funding of OJJDP have come under close scrutiny. On
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Experts Urge More Focus on Brain Development in Determining Juvenile Offender Treatment

Adolescent brain development should play a greater role in determining how youths are treated in the juvenile justice system, experts said at a national juvenile justice conference in Washington Monday. The experts appeared on a panel at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s eighth annual Models for Change National Working Conference. Neuroscientist BJ
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New National Report Calls for Ban on Detaining Status Offenders

WASHINGTON – They’re known as status offenders – youths who commit offenses that wouldn’t even be considered offenses but for their age: truancy, running away from home, curfew violations, alcohol or tobacco possession. Too often, these status offenders are treated like criminals. Thousands of them end up in juvenile detention centers each year after getting tangled
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Michigan Attorney General to Appeal Order Giving Juvenile Lifers Chance for Parole

Michigan’s attorney general announced Monday that he will appeal a federal judge’s order requiring the state to consider paroling about 350 prisoners serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. “First-degree murder is a serious crime, and it carries with it serious consequences,” AG Bill Schuette said in a news release. “In every case where
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In New Report, ACLU Condemns Solitary for Juveniles, Calls for Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union has called for a ban on solitary confinement of children being held in juvenile facilities. In a report titled “Alone and Afraid: Children Held in Solitary Confinement and Isolation in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities,” the ACLU strongly condemned solitary confinement, in which children are held in a small cell 22 to
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More than a Third of Convicted Juveniles Claim They Falsely Confessed to Serious Crimes: Study

More than a third of juveniles convicted of serious crimes said in a recent study they had falsely admitted to a crime they did not commit. The study, which appeared in the journal “Law and Human Behavior,” focused on 193 males aged 14 to 17 incarcerated in a California juvenile justice facility. Of the 35.2 percent who reported they
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