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  • LAST RESORT

    It was a difficult journey through the past for two men who were sent to a behaviour modification camp as young offenders in the 1970s. In fall 2018, Richard Yarema and Guy Dumas returned with APTN Investigates’ reporter Christopher Read to the fly-in facility operated by the Ranch Erhlo Society in northern Saskatchewan. The story chronicles the brief and violent history of “wilderness challenge” camps where the majority of campers were Indigenous.
  • A City Program's Deadly Failures

    In this story, we uncovered dangerous breakdowns in a DC program critical to public safety. It had received millions of city dollars to rehabilitate young offenders without locking them up. Yet we found many of its teens did not get any services at all, and dozens were murdered or arrested for murder. As a result of our reporting, the city overhauled the program and the mayor called for an investigation by the attorney general.
  • School Crime and Discipline

    The reporters investigated the level of violence in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the inaccurate picture--much more positive than reality-- painted by school officials. The district suspended one in six students, more than twice the national average. Black students were four times more likely to be suspended.
  • Young Offenders at Risk

    The Orlando Sentinel published stories on April 11, 2004 documenting the abuse committed against juveniles in Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The state welfare agency found 661 "cases of abuse and neglect at agency facilities over nine years." Then, on December 19, 2004, The Orlando Sentinel reported that the DJJ transferred offenders to long-term facilities, thus lengthening their stay for months and years.
  • 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."
  • Kids In Prison

    A Miami Herald investigation on the effects of Florida's tough law addressing juvenile crime shows "a punishment system gone awry." The series examines how, rather than deterring juvenile crime, the state's policies seem to be encouraging it. "Instead of targeting violent criminals, the crackdown is falling hardest on nonviolent offenders - those convicted of burglary, theft and drug charges," the Miami Herald reports. The investigation is based on the analysis of databases of inmates, assaults against youth offenders in Florida's adult prisons, and recidivism records. The data shows that, after being released from prison, most young offenders become hardened criminals.
  • Is This Justice?

    The Post-Gazette was challenged by the chief judge of the juvenile system to watch and see how new "adult time" for youth offenders legislation worked out. That's just what they did. They found that young offenders sentenced as adults were more likely to re-offend; they usually spent less time in jail; and they were more likely to commit crimes while out on bail -- something not allowed in the juvenile system. The investigation also found that black youths were more likely to be charged as adults and were given much longer sentences than white offenders.
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    The Houston Reader investigates a crackdown among judges in Texas against juveniles convicted of violent crimes. Judges still give the majority of offenders under 17 only one years parole, but today judges hold juveniles more accountable to the community and enact swifter justice. (Sept. 13-26, 1995)