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"Life Without Parole for Kids Is Cruelty With No Benefit," by Brandon L. Garrett, The Atlantic, October 19, 2020
"Opinion: Policymakers, Time To End Juvenile Life Sentencing," by Buta Biberaj, Carol Siemon and Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, October 12, 2020
"Juvenile Court Fees Burden Families, Provide Limited Revenue," by Tia Graham, WDET, October 12, 2020
"Court upholds sentences for juveniles beyond life expectancy," Associated Press, October 09, 2020
," Courthouse News Service, October 09, 2020
"Reps. Jeffries and Velázquez Introduce Bills to Honor Former Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson," Black Star News, October 09, 2020
"‘Appalling’: Nearly all youth charged as adults in Jackson County are minorities," by Katie Moore, The Kansas City Star, October 04, 2020
"‘The Doors Don’t Lock’ in DC Jail Program for Young Adults," by Michael Gelb, The Crime Report, October 05, 2020
"Police presence in schools is detrimental for students, new study finds," by Haley Lerner, The Milford Daily News, September 27, 2020
"Opinion: ‘Juvenile lifers’ should be considered for release during pandemic," by Tarika Daftary-Kapur and Tina Zottoli, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2020
"Report: Racial Disparities In Allegheny County Juvenile Justice System Outpace Rest Of Nation," by An-Li Herring, WESA, September 14, 2020
"Far from Being Beyond Saving, Prison Youth Deserve Every Opportunity for Meaningful Rehabilitation," by Mark Wilson, The Appeal, September 14, 2020
"In Florida, Schools Under Pressure To Get Rid Of Police Officers," by Jessica Bakeman, NPR, September 14, 2020
"Investigation Focuses On U.S. Juvenile Justice, Issues Of Race," by Mark Brodie, KJZZ, September 09, 2020
"Feds ban solitary confinement for kids in prison, but state juvenile facilities still use isolation," by Layne Dowdall, Jos Fox and Chloe Johnson, Oregon Live, September 08, 2020