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"New York to Reassign 5,000 School Police Officers and Embrace Restorative Justice," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, September 17, 2021
"For 20 Years Wyoming Failed To Collect Juvenile Justice Data," by Tennessee Jane Watson, WPR, September 16, 2021
"Opinion: We don't know how many kids are in the juvenile justice system," by Garlin Gilchrist, Sheryl Kubiak, and Melanca Clark, Detroit Free Press, September 07, 2021
"As Schools Reopen, Child Psychiatrists Expect To See A Surge Of Kids Who Need Help," by Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, August 30, 2021
"‘The Only Answer They Have is Jail’: A 13-Year-Old’s Story," by "Z", The Crime Report, August 30, 2021
"House OKs raising minimum age for NC juvenile court to 8," by Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press, August 18, 2021
"Indiana Launches Review Of Juvenile Justice System," by Brandon Smith, NPR, August 16, 2021
"Four N.J. cities to pilot new reentry program for juvenile offenders," by P. Kenneth Burns, NPR, August 11, 2021
"Juveniles Granted Same Access to Lawyers as Adults Under WA Reform," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, August 12, 2021
"Formerly incarcerated teens share their research, ideas to improve the juvenile justice system," by Shiv Desai, The Current, August 05, 2021
"Maryland’s highest court opens door for juveniles who can be rehabilitated to avoid adult prison system," by Phil Davis, The Baltimore Sun, August 04, 2021
"Youth Recidivism Halved by San Francisco Program," by Blake Diaz, The Crime Report, August 02, 2021
"Michigan Supreme Court Limits Use of Restraints on Juveniles," by Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, July 28, 2021
"Youth inmates’ attitudes worsening, staff feels ‘defeated’," by Todd Richmond, Associated Press, July 26, 2021
"Illinois is first state in U.S. to ban police from lying to minors during interrogations," by Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, July 16, 2021