Juvenile Justice

Get serious about second chances – stop adding juveniles to sex registry lists

In a new policy paper, R Street Institute Justice Policy Manager Christina Delgado makes the case that forcing juvenile offenders to be listed on sex-offender registries has been …

Concerns with adding juveniles to sex registry lists

A national practice since the late 1990s, sex offender registration and community notification for adult offenders has correlated with significant drops in the rates of sex offenses. Nevertheless, …

Redemption songs: Assessing ‘Raise the Age’ efforts in Michigan

It’s taken a little while, but policymakers and the public both recently have begun to recognize that, far too often, incarceration begets incarceration, rather than rehabilitation, particularly with …

Examining Michigan’s ‘raise the age’ efforts

The attached policy short was co-authored by Sara Wycoff McCauley, the founder and president of Strategic Policy Consultants. Financial pressure caused by the “Great Recession” acted as an impetus for …

Tom Cotton on the wrong side of juvenile delinquency act

As Congress continues to be deeply divided on a range of issues, from health care to tax reform, it's time for members of both chambers to come together …

A ray of hope for criminal justice reform?

The bipartisan movement toward criminal justice reform that seemed to be gaining ground in 2016 is, unfortunately, having a tougher time this congressional session. But there is one …

Juvenile justice reform finally clears its U.S. Senate hurdle

The following post was co-authored by R Street Research Assistant Megha Bhattacharya. It's been 10 years since the expiration of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which created America’s …

Tom Cotton lone holdout on juvenile justice reform bill

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jonathan Matt, a technology policy research assistant at the R Street Institute.  Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has not been one to shy away from …

McConnell and Grassley’s opportunity to lead the way on juvenile justice reform

The following op-ed was co-authored by Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice, a national advocacy organization, and co-chair of the Act-4-Juvenile Justice Coalition. Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Kids shouldn’t be charged as sex offenders

Corey Walgren, a 16-year old honor roll student from Naperville, Illinois, recently stood accused by a school resource officer of some dishonorable behavior: allegedly showing friends a cellphone recording …

PACE Act would prosecute teen sexting as kiddie porn

Crimes against children, particularly those that involve sexual exploitation, are beyond the pale. But while society needs to make sure it protects children from sexual abuse, recent legislation …

Fixing California’s bloated sex-offender registry

R Street just signed a letter calling for commonsense reform of the California sex-offender registry, based on a bill proposed by our friend and Legislative Advisory Board member …

Letter: Support California SB 421

Dear Sen. Wiener: On behalf of the R Street Institute, I write in strong support of Senate Bill 421. Your bill represents an important first step to fix California's …

Juvenile justice legislation now moves to U.S. House floor

A decade after Congress allowed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act's authorization to expire, legislation to reauthorize the bill is moving to the House floor following today's …

How to reduce juvenile crime: Use separate courts

The following op-ed was co-authored by Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute. As budget-strapped state legislatures seek ways to spend taxpayer dollars more effectively and efficiently, …

Sex offender registries need reform

Twenty-five years ago, with activist Patty Wetterling by his side, Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson signed America's first law establishing a public registry system for sex offenders. The law, …

The impact of silence: The incarceration of children who have committed no crime

The following op-ed was co-authored by Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice. Congress has recessed for the summer without passing any justice reform—not in the criminal nor juvenile-justice …

Marking kids for life on sex offender registries

The following op-ed was co-authored by Nicole Pittman, director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform, and Stacie Rumenap, president of Stop Child Predators. For decades, our country has been putting …

Comments on the supplemental guidelines for juvenile registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

We, the undersigned organizations, represent a diverse and bipartisan alliance called “Just Kids.” Our national coalition is made up of legal experts, child advocates, juvenile justice policy experts, …

Treat kids like kids until 18

The following oped was coauthored by Marcy Mistrett, chief executive officer at the Campaign for Youth Justice. The state Senate should be ashamed of itself. For the second time in …

Stop trying Michigan 17-year-olds as adults

In states across the nation, some bold Republican lawmakers are putting aside party affiliations and joining with Democratic colleagues in a bipartisan effort to reconsider previously accepted “tough …

A conservative case to ‘raise the age’ in Michigan

In recent years, conservative policymakers in states across the nation have come to question whether the one-sizefits-all “tough on crime” approaches adopted in the 1980s and 1990s are …

The costs and benefits of subjecting juveniles to sex-offender registration and notification

Every state and territory in the United States has registration and notification laws that apply to adults convicted of, and juveniles adjudicated delinquent for, certain sex offenses. Most …

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