Juvenile Justice


, The American Interest
Open a School Door, Close a Prison
Nila Bala & Emily Mooney

“Why did you do it?” This was the first question posed to then-17-year-old Jarrod Wall by his attorney. The year was 1989, and Jarrod was facing a felony murder charge. The “why” could have…

, The Center Square
‘Raise the age’ bill passes Michigan Senate committee
Nila Bala

From The Center Square:

Nina Bala, associate director of criminal justice and civil liberties at The R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public research organization, told The Center…

Maryland: A Case Study Against Automatically Charging Youth As Adults
Emily Mooney

Treating and punishing youth like adults ignores developmental research so critical to effectively promoting the transformation of youth behavior and the preservation of public safety. It also…

, Orlando Sentinel
Prosecutors need less power over children in justice system
Nila Bala

Last month, Sonny Rugani hanged himself in his cell at the Broward County jail. He died at the hospital five days later.
Sonny was just 17 years old. Despite his age, prosecutors had funneled…

, WBAL News Radio
R Street’s Emily Mooney Discusses Juvenile Crime on The Brett Hollander Show
Emily Mooney

From WBAL News Radio:

R Street Institute’s Emily Mooney discusses her op-ed in the Baltimore Sun about juvenile crime on The Brett Hollander Show.

You can listen to the podcast here.

, The Baltimore Sun
Charging kids as adults counterproductive in Maryland
Emily Mooney

Each year, hundreds of Maryland youths are automatically charged as if they were adults in the criminal justice system. While perhaps intended to promote public safety, research suggests this…

Probation Must Be Reformed Nationwide By Focusing on Incentives
Nila Bala

Six months ago, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced policies to reduce the number of children sent to juvenile placement. One focus was reforming probation, even though it is…

, The Detroit News
Opinion: Vape flavor ban doesn’t help kids, hurts adults
Jesse Kelley & Carrie Wade

While Michigan’s flavor ban won’t help kids, it will harm adults.
“As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told The Washington Post….

, The Detroit News
Improve Michigan’s youth justice system
Emily Mooney

Today, Michigan is one of a handful of states that treats all 17-year-olds as adults whenever they do something wrong in the eyes of the law. This means that although Michigan 17-year-olds are…

, The Hill
Mandatory minimums harm children
Nila Bala

Over the last three decades, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, thousands of children have been warehoused in prisons with adults. We have usually ignored the cages these…