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"Tennessee Kids Locked in Solitary Confinement Despite New Laws," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, May 13, 2022
"Texas takes $30 million from troubled juvenile justice department to fund border initiative Operation Lone Star," by Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio, May 09, 2022
"Black Students in Illinois Are Far More Likely to Be Ticketed by Police for School Behavior Than White Students," by Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Chicago Tribune, May 06, 2022
"The Price Kids Pay: Schools and Police Punish Students With Costly Tickets for Minor Misbehavior," by Jodi S. Cohen, Jennifer Smith Richards, Armando L. Sanchez, and Laila Milevski, ProPublica, April 28, 2022
"NAACP sues South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice over ‘barbaric’ detention conditions," by Monique Beals, The Hill, April 28, 2022
"Solitary Confinement Harms Teens. Louisiana Lawmakers Took a Step to Limit It.," by Beth Schwartzapfel, Erin Einhorn, and Annie Waldman, The Marshall Project, April 28, 2022
"Md. juvenile justice bills seek to ‘treat children as children’," by Lea Skene and Darcy Costello, Washington Post, April 04, 2022
"Juvenile justice reform bills seeking to ‘treat children as children’ could mean big changes for Maryland’s youth," by Lea Skene and Darcy Costello, The Baltimore Sun, March 31, 2022
"Maryland juvenile justice reform bill passes state Senate," by Brian White, Associated Press, March 21, 2022
"Opinion: Locking Up Teenagers With Adults Won’t Reduce Crime," by Gladys Carrión and Vincent Schiraldi, New York Times, March 10, 2022
"“No Light. No Nothing.” Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup," by Beth Schwartzapfel, Erin Einhorn, and Annie Waldman, The Marshall Project, NBC News, and ProPublica, March 10, 2022
"Colorado Legislators Advance Bill To Ban Police from Lying to Minors During Interrogations," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, February 25, 2022
"Prosecutors push U.S. to limit life sentences for juveniles," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, February 17, 2022
"If the Kids Had Been White, Would Any of This Have Happened?," by Karim Doumar, ProPublica, February 15, 2022
"Kansas Death in Custody Spurs Call for Youth Justice Reform," by Jazmine Rogers and Emily Powers, The Crime Report, February 09, 2022