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  • "Juvenile Justice: Pain and Promise"

    This reprint of a special report continues an award-winning 1998 investigation into Arkansas' juvenile justice system, which documented the "physical, sexual and emotional abuse of delinquent children locked up in state facilities." Two years later, a follow-up inquiry reveals how problems persist despite legislation and reform inspired in part by the original report.
  • Two lives. One Bullet. No Justice.

    The Daily Press reports "Ricky was a 15-year-old learning-disabled boy in the hands of skilled interrogators. His confession, which he immediately recanted, was made under pressure and without his father present. Prosecutors were so certain that only the guilty confess, they ignored eyewitnesses, evidence and a defense attorney with addiction problems that were well-know to the court. Everyone ignored a videotape in which the alleged victim admits he shot himself, then laughs about it. Everyone also ignored the alleged victim's psychiatric and criminal past, which at the time included two suicide attempts and more than 20 criminal charges."
  • When Guns Are Brought to School

    The LA Times study of court records shows that relatively few youths caught on LA County campuses with firearms serve time. Most get probation, leaving some experts wanting to correct flaws. A history of the juvenile justice system in California is presented and details how the current situation has come about..
  • Dead Teen Walking

    The U.S. is the only country -- besides Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria and Yemen -- that sentences juveniles to death. TIME examines the case of Shareef Cousin who was sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was 16. There is also evidence that suggests Cousin is not even guilty of the crime.
  • Juvenile Justice: The War Within

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigated widespread physical, sexual and emotional abuse of juvenile delinquents in state custody. Over the years, abuse was rarely investigated and records of incidents were routinely destroyed.
  • Razor's edge

    The Boston Globe Magazine looks at the increasingly violent nature of teenage girls. As more and more engage in fighting with fists and knives, it seems gun-toting girls are only a step away. The article examines possible causes, including domestic violence and low self-esteem, as well as solutions, including neighborhood and school programs.
  • How Justice Fails

    Kennedy details the problems with the Philadelphia juvenile justice system, which is overburdened and inefficient. He looks specifically at the case of two brothers for whom the system failed miserably.
  • Where Do Bad Children Go?

    SF Weekly investigates San Francisco's juvenile justice system. San Francisco officials are tilting toward more community-based rehab for youthful offenders - if they can put the lid on internal bickering that's given new meaning to the term "juvenile justice". (Oct. 2, 1996)
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    U.S. News & World Report investigates the state of the juvenile justice system. They find that, as a result of the increase in juvenile crime as well as predictions that it is going to get worse, cities, states and Congress are seeking solutions that balance tougher laws and preventive measures. (March 25, 1996)
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    Greenville News series documented the failure of the juvenile justice system in South Carolina--from the courtroom to the inadequate political commitment to address the problem, to the juvenile prisons that don't punish or rehabilitate. Less than one in three juveniles convicted in 1,255 cases of serious crimes served any time behind bars in 1993. Judges let juveniles convicted of kidnapping, rape and armed robbery walk out of their courtrooms on probation.(April, 1995)