Juvenile Justice


, Orlando Sentinel
Commentary: In Florida race for governor, kids should come first
Emily Mooney & Nila Bala

This Wednesday, following up on a heated debate in late June, leading Republican gubernatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will square off…

Recreational Therapy Is Lifesaver for Kids in Juvenile Detention
Jesse Kelley

Bill Dorsey works as a shift supervisor at the Ada County Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Boise, Idaho. Outside of his daily duties, Dorsey also provides a valuable service to the youths held…

Status offenses: Getting to the root of the problem
Media Coverage

Jesse Kelley cited in Kentucky youth Advocates:
This is a national trend that is desperately impacting Kentucky and we should build on past positive reforms, starting with ending the incarceration…

Texas’s Incarcerated Youth Have Rights, Too.

Physical assaults, sexual abuse and suicides are just a few of the injustices that have occurred behind the walls of Texas’s five major juvenile detention facilities.

For example, in 2017, the…

Trump’s child separation policy is offensive to human dignity and the ideals of America
Nila Bala & Arthur Rizer

The base sentiment behind the administration’s immigration policies — fear — is perfectly understandable. Fear is instinctual; fear keeps us alive; fear motivates us to react rather than…

, InsideSources
Thousands of youth are incarcerated for low-level status offenses and technical violations. This needs to stop.
Jesse Kelley

Recently, the Prison Policy Initiative issued a report finding that status offenses and technical violations lead to the incarceration of more than 5,000 young people nationwide.

A status…

Lawmakers Pass Raise the Age Bill, Now it’s in the Governor’s Hands
Jesse Kelley

The Missouri General Assembly recently voted to raise the age for automatically trying youth as adults from 17 to 18. The bill now awaits Gov. Eric Greitens’ signature.

Only five states treat…

Our children deserve attention, not detention
Nila Bala

Every day in Washington State, children are placed behind bars for truancy, curfew violations, and running away from home. Issues that used to be resolved at home or in school are now sending…

, Detroit News
Take care over cost in juvenile justice
Jesse Kelley

Michigan does not allow 17-year-olds to drop out of school, serve on a jury, vote in elections, live independently from their parent or guardian, purchase fireworks or rent a hotel room. However, the…

Juvenile justice with Nila Bala and Jesse Kelley
Media Coverage

From Voir Dire:
Nila Bala & Jesse Kelley of the R Street Institute help us understand the juvenile justice system and talk about their work to reform the system.

Listen to the podcast here.