Tag Archives: juvenile justice

Report: Costs of Incarcerating Young Steep – and Potentially Crippling

Youth incarceration in the United States may be slowing, but it’s not getting any cheaper for taxpayers. Keeping young offenders behind bars incurs up to $21 billion in long-term costs every year, according to a report out from the Justice Policy Institute. The report, titled “Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration,” calculated

OpEd: It's Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer to Adult Court for Juveniles

In Illinois’ statehouse, legislators are debating a proposal that would give judges the power to determine whether kids should be tried in juvenile or criminal court, regardless of the crime they are accused of committing. This would change Illinois’ current law that empowers prosecutors to automatically transfer kids they charge with certain violent offenses to