Each year, more than 7,000 cases result in girls and boys being placed behind bars for behaviors like skipping school, coming home after curfew, and running away from home. Research has shown that this practice is costly and dangerous. This response costs taxpayers nearly $241 per day, per child.
With the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)— stalling in the Senate, Starcie Ague of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, shares recommendations and calls on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the JJDPA.
It's been a great time for juvenile justice with the Supreme Court issuing an important ruling on life without parole sentences for children and President Obama issuing an executive order forbidding, among other things, solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons.