Posts bySuyeon Son

New Juvenile Laws Take Hold in Illinois; Raising Age for Felony Jurisdiction Leads Way

Illinois joined 39 other states with the turning of the year Thursday by raising the age for juvenile jurisdiction for most felonies to 17 – a reform for which juvenile justice groups have been rallying since 2010. The new law does not change jurisdiction of some felonies, including many violent offenses, that merit an automatic
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With Hunger and Homelessness Still on the Rise, Potential SNAP Cuts Pose Greater Hardship

Although unemployment rates dropped in 2013, it was still the No. 1 cause of hunger and homelessness in surveyed cities, including Chicago, according to a report out this week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Demand for emergency food and housing in 25 cities has increased as a result. Yet with Congress discussing potential cuts
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State Vendor Sued over Alleged Misuse of Grants Intended for At-Risk Youth

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan A former state vendor, who is accused of misspending more than $8 million in taxpayer-funded grants meant to provide social services for at-risk children and families has been sued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. George E. Smith had been awarded the grants for his not-for-profit organization Diversified Behavioral
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Richard Ross: His Eye Captures the 'Violence, Abuse…Maltreatment,' in Juvenile Facilities

Photojournalist and professor Richard Ross, who has captured his fight against what he calls the “criminalization of normal adolescent misbehavior,” discussed his years-long effort Monday in a webinar hosted by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. A 12-year-old boy in a windowless cell at a privately-run Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Over seven
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AAP: Pervasive Media Consumption Among Youth Can Be Good, But Not in Present State

Media, with its increasing pervasiveness, contribute to myriad risks and health problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Monday in a policy statement. However, it said positive uses of media encourage interpersonal skills such as “empathy, racial and ethnic tolerance.”  The AAP further reported that media literacy and dialogue on the topic in educational spaces
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1963 CPS Boycott Reunion Holds Lessons for Current Students, Educators

Black and white footage of the 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools’ divided spaces and educational disparity flickered by on the screen. “They built black schools, and they built white schools, but integrated are the only right schools,” the 250,000-something protesting students, parents and activists sang. “’Cause segregation is degradation/These schools belong to you and
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Rate of National Youth Employment Continues to Fall

Despite over six million new jobs since 2009, overall rate of youth employment fell to 26 percent in 2012, marking a 42 percent drop from 2000 to the lowest levels since World War II, Job America’s Graduates stated in its annual report. This number continues to decrease, said the non-profit organization which helps disadvantaged youth
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Madigan, Other AG's Say States Should Be Able to Help Combat Sex Trafficking

Attorneys general nationwide are urging members of Congress to consider changes to the Communications Decency Act to allow state criminal prosecution of online classified sites that profit from human sex-trafficking ads. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democratic hopeful for governor, and 48 other attorneys general submitted a letter to policymakers stating that criminal jurisdiction
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Education Information Company to Testify in D.C. Federal Court Against FERPA

Parts of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are being challenged today in Washington, D.C. federal court by the Electronic Privacy Information Center over whether it violates student confidentiality. In December 2011, the Department of Education amended FERPA in a way that allowed educational institutions to offer up student records to non-governmental agencies
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Vera Institute of Justice: Community Corrections Can Answer Mass Incarceration Problems

Community supervision aimed at high-risk offenders, as well as mandatory evidence-based programs, have the potential to curtail the U.S. correctional system which has seen more than a 700 percent increase in size, the Vera Institute of Justice has found in a new report. The term, ‘community corrections,’ refers to the supervision of those in the criminal justice system but not
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Unpaid Internships: Valuable Experience or Free Labor?

When Wesleyan University student Lucy Bickerton signed on as an unpaid intern with the “Charlie Rose” show in 2007, she was receiving financial aid through her school. But, of course, it wasn’t enough to cover the pricey apartment rents demanded by New York landlords. That’s not why she filed a class-action lawsuit against the Emmy-award-winning
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