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  • Troubled kids, powerful drugs

    Psychiatric drugs flow at the Pennsylvania state-operated secure youth correctional facilities, where chronic and violent juvenile offenders are sent. Some health and justice professional think they might be being drugged into behaving. The state lacks a system to track the prescribing in any significant way beyond how much it's costing, and they went to great lengths to conceal the identities of the doctors prescribing the medications.

    After a pregnant college student was sexually assaulted on Chicago’s south side, NBC5 Investigates began looking into the background of the suspect, and discovered he was supposed to be on juvenile electronic monitoring for a past arrest. Over the next several days, Phil Rogers continued to uncover serious flaws in Cook County’s system for monitoring juvenile offenders. By the end of the week – and a direct result of Rogers’ week-long reporting – the county completely reformed its system to – finally -- provide true 24-hour monitoring for juvenile offenders.
  • Justice By Geography

    Years after the 2000 Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act passed in California, Orange County-area prosecutors "top the list of district attorneys who most use the discretionary waiver to charge teens as young as 14 as adults." The original act was meant to "target hardcore gang members and juvenile offenders who commit heinous, violent crimes." Among the stories is the tale of Rene Garcia, who faces a life sentence for murder, even though he did not pull the trigger.
  • Is Esmie Evil

    In August 2005, Esmie Tseng was arrested for the stabbing death of her mother. Due to evidence at the scene indicating that the crime may have occurred in multiple sections of the house the 16-year-old Esmie lived in with her parents, the Johnson County, Kansas prosecutor tried Esmie as an adult. The local community's outpouring of compassion for Esmie as "a good girl who had snapped under pressure from her harsh parents" is only part of the story as the writer delves into Esmie's unhappy life, her diaries at and and her "use of illegal drugs such as ecstacy (which) might have contributed to Esmie's faltering mental stability in the days leading up to her mother's murder." Esmie Tsang is now serving eight years after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
  • Juvenile Justice: A Secret World

    This investigation looks into the juvenile justice system of Kentucky and secrecy laws intended to protect juvenile offenders and help them transition back into society. The series questions whether or not these secrecy laws are protecting the juvenile offenders or injuring the community by not revealing juvenile sex offenders and those convicted of violent acts. The investigation also analyzes whether funds spent on rehabilitating the youth has been worth it.
  • Sex Abuse Continues; Juvenile offenders often locked in rooms together

    Staff reporter, Geoff Dutton of the Columbus Dispatch talks about the rate of sexual offenses amongst juveniles in Ohio's only prison for young rapists and sexual molesters. As this reporter discovered, there is widespread sexual activity among the inmates in this prison and also among inmates and the security personnel. The follow-up stories also covers how the facility lacks good counselors and social workers.
  • In transit

    An increasingly popular way to handle juvenile offenders is to send them away to "treatment centers," locked facilities, often far away from their homes, where they are under the supervision of caregivers trained in handling youth offenders. This article talks about some other options for treatment, as well as several reasons why the current system does not work.
  • Blurring the lines

    Education Weeks looks at Hillsborough County, Florida, which has "forged one of the nation's coziest school-police partnerships in a place where once turf-conscious agencies now stay in close touch."
  • Catching Kids in Time

    The Columbia Missourian reports "as crime by youthful offenders is rising, Missouri lawmakers are responding with a three-pronged approach: prevention, treatment and 'lock them up and thrown away the key.'"
  • Jacking Around

    Pitch Weekly reports on "the shenanigans of a small town police chief and his officers in Lone Jack, Mo., forty miles southeast of Kansas City." The story reveals that Chief Jeffrey Jewell was harassing his female staff and female juvenile offenders, while inefficiently handling most investigations. Another finding is that a police officer in Jewell's department had allegedly joined forces with local burglars to cover a theft ring.