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"Louisiana Fights to Keep Kids at Angola After Judge’s Removal Order," by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, September 12, 2023
"Do Youth Curfews Help Curb Crime?," by Scott Detrow, NPR, September 01, 2023
"Opinion: The case against juvenile adjudications," by Kevin Light-Roth, The Hill, August 22, 2023
"Opinion: Juvenile Court Fees and Costs Are Invisible Shackles That Tether Children to a Broken System," by Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Joey Orduña Hastings, and Mary Ann Scali, The Imprint, August 14, 2023
"Number of Youth in Adult Lockups Continues to Fall," by John Kelly, The Imprint, July 12, 2023
"A Dozen Cities Set Youth Curfews This Year, Even Though They Don’t Reduce Crime," by Lakeidra Chavis, The Marshall Project, June 29, 2023
"Judge blocks Wyoming’s 1st-in-the-nation abortion pill ban while court decides lawsuit," by Ellie Rushing, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 2023
"Report shows persistent racial disparities in Kentucky juvenile justice system," by Roberto Roldan, LPM, June 21, 2023
"As California Shuts its Youth Prisons, Unlikely Critics Emerge," by Nell Bernstein, The Imprint, June 13, 2023
"California is closing its last youth prisons. Will what replaces them be worse?," by James Rainey and James Queally, Los Angeles Times, June 02, 2023
"California orders Los Angeles County to close ‘unsuitable’ youth prisons within 60 days," by Christopher Weber, Associated Press, May 24, 2023
"The Politics of Juvenile Justice," by Billy Sinclair, The Crime Report, May 09, 2023
"Editorial: Juvenile hall death shows the system is dangerous to minors. Closure can’t come soon enough," by Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, May 09, 2023
"How sexually abused girls are still ending up in jails and prisons," by Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, April 10, 2023
"Dallas County juveniles locked up longer while awaiting justice. Officials want that fixed," by Josephine Peterson, Dallas Morning News, April 03, 2023