Mass. courts fail to shield juveniles in holding areas

Number 27078
Subject Juvenile Justice System
Source Boston Globe
State Massachusetts
Year 2014
Publication Date Dec. 9, 2014
Summary Since Sept. 2010, Massachusetts has been in violation of a federal law requiring courthouses to protect juveniles from being verbally abused or threatened by adult inmates in courthouse holding areas. This has resulted in annual penalties that slashed about $500,000 in grant money intended for at-risk youth and intervention programs in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system. It’s a problem that will cost $1.34 million to fix 11 “high priority” courts, as Massachusetts officials sought — and failed to receive — a waiver from those penalties from the Justice Department.
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Keywords juvenile courts, abuse, threats, jail, intervention programs
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