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  • Delinquents in Suburbia

    The American Enterprise looks at criminality among America's middle class suburban juveniles.
  • How Michigan loses, fails its foster children

    The Detroit Free Press series looks at "how the state lost track of 302 abused and neglected kids." It also reports about foster kids who runaway only to be exploited by the strangers they meet, missing kids and the complex Juvenile Justice system.
  • Tough Love

    The News-Journal reports on abuse and neglect riddling the juvenile justice system in Volusia County, Fla. A teenager hangs himself in his cell, and the tragedy triggers an investigation to find what is behind the hundreds of abuse complaints and the soaring rates of delinquency and recidivism. The reporters find a system where more youths are committed for lesser offenses; guards make $7 per hour; training to ensure detainees' health and safety is neither required nor offered; and turnover among guards is encouraged rather than curbed.
  • Tiffany's Betrayal

    The San Francisco Examiner tells the story of Tiffany Mason, a 15 year old who bounced between foster care, her mother and her pimp before being murdered in August 2001. The Examiner series blames the city of San Francisco, the juvenile justice system and the state Department of Human Services for her death, stating that the system did nothing to take Tiffany away from her pimp. The Examiner uses this story to illustrate a larger problem: "men buy sex from hundreds, possibly thousands of children in San Francisco each year with near impunity. Police routinely ignore or issue misdemeanor citations to men who pay children for sex." And agencies do little to prevent young women arrested for prostitution from going back to their pimps after they've been released from juvenile hall.
  • In A Child's Best Interest

    MSNBC reports on child welfare hearings in three Indiana juvenile courts. "Specifically, these hearings involve children who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or at-risk situations. The program focuses on one of the more desperate corners of modern life and penetrates the world of the juvenile justice system, which, by law, is closed to the public and media. Our cameras expose stories of sexual abuse and capture how the courts handle these young victims. We also reveal excruciating, personal experiences as children are placed in residential treatment facilities. Lastly, we document the incompetence of a state child welfare system that allowed a teenage girl to go through two-dozen foster homes during her 14 years in the system."
  • Arrest my kid

    Progressive investigates the failure of the public health-care system to help mentally ill children and their parents. The story reveals that some parents, unable to pay for a psychiatric clinic stay, "deliberately invoke the juvenile justice system in order to get mental health treatment for their kids." The author exemplifies the problem with three cases of mentally ill children who were arrested on the request of their parents. The article also looks at a lawsuit filed against a Minnesota's health insurance company that instructed parents having their children arrested.
  • Under 12/Under Arrest

    "Grade school felons sound like anomalies or misprints. They are neither," reports the St. Petersburg Times. The story reveals that "elementary school kids who once got a stern lecture from a cop or a store clerk now are regularly arrested on felony charges" and "saddled with permanent criminal records." The investigation cites data that "more than 4,500 kids 11 and under were charged with crimes in Florida during the fiscal year that ended in June," 2000. It also reveals statistics showing "that disproportionately large number of African-Americans come in contact with the juvenile justice system." The reporter points to examples of children hurting their teachers or raping their classmates, but finds at the same time that "overall the system is not geared to handle very young kids." A major question risen by the investigation is whether Florida needs to adopt a law that prevents very young children from being formally charged and tried.
  • Camp Fear

    South Dakota's juvenile justice system in undergoing an extensive investigation after reports of abuse, violence, and one death in the state's juvenile military-style boot camp for juvenile offenders; the state's governor and camp personnel defends the system while many parents are calling for an end to the camps; currently the nation has 50 military-style camps similar to those in South Dakota.
  • Girls and violent crime

    Two reporters for the Press-Enterprise take a close look at young women inside the juvenile justice system in California. The articles addresses the rise in numbers of females involved in crime and the ensuing overcrowding in correctional facilities.
  • The Lost Boys

    This article examines the reasons behind why California is trying kids as adults and locking them up for life.