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  • Juvenile Injustice

    The Post-Dispatch looks at the Missouri juvenile justice system and the issue of having tougher sentences for violent youths. Many lawmakers want retribution instead of rehabilitation for the increasing number of juveniles who are committing violent crimes. (May 1 - 3, 1994)
  • Juvenile Justice; Full-Grown Problems

    The Patriot-News reports that "one of the state's best juvenile detention centers slammed into hard times recently. Overcrowding, staff problems, admissions policies and some remorseless, violent youths contributed to a climate of fear. The center epitomizes the problems facing the entire state juvenile justice system. Some politicians want tougher penalties for the youths, but experts warn that is no panacea. And the juveniles themselves know how to work the troubled system. Some of the state's own policies were driving the problems in the system."
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    The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) uncovers serious abuses in Kentucky's system for treatment of juvenile offenders, including the mistreatment of youths entrusted by the courts to the state Cabinet for Human Resources. The investigation finds the state failed to stop or adequately investigate such cases of physical and mental abuse; and failed to identify and terminate physically abusive employees. Reorganization of juvenile justice system promised after publication, 1994.
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    The Sun (San Bernardino, Calif.) reveals in an extensive three-part series that the county juvenile justice system is completely inadequte to deal with the 50% surge in teen arrests and the surge in violence and drug use; findings include that teenage males have become the most dangerous criminals in the system, that juvenile jails are so full only the most violent offenders spend time there, and that some programs for offenders are still striving despite lack of compassion for them, July 17, 1994.
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    Indianapolis Star runs an extensive series on the juvenile justice system, investigating structural problems in the system, a lack of support from parents, the proliferation of guns in the youth population and many other aspects of an overwhelmed system, Nov. 7-12, 1993.
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    Indianapolis Star studies the local juvenile justice system, analyzing what gets juveniles into trouble and what the system tries to do to help; finds that the system has a 70% recidivism rate, Nov. 7-12, 1993.
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    News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) looks at the dramatic rise in crime being committed by juveniles in the state of North Carolina; follows several youths convicted of crimes over a years time and finds that few changed course and ended up in deeper touble with the law; finds that the crimes are more violent in nature as a result of the easy access to guns; the state's juvenile justice system is unable to handle the number of juvenile criminals and the nature of their crimes, May 16 - 23, 1993. # NC Riley
  • Juvenile Injustice

    Chicago Sun-Times gives an overall look at Cook County, Illinois' juvenile justice system and reflects a system severly stressed, where mistakes occur regularly, trials move at a slow pace, and public defenders are overwhelmed; the system is so stressed that justice is rarely achieved, March 22 - 27, 1992.
  • The lost boy

    Miami Herald Tropic outlines the juvenile justice system of the state of Florida by profiling the case of one African-American boy and the efforts of one juvenile court judge to save him for society; the activism of the judge is giving juvenile justice officials new hope that children can be turned around.
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    National Law Journal (New York) looks at the traditional struggle between the punitive and rehabilitative impulses of the juvenile justice system, with the rise in juvenile crime putting a heavy strain on the system, March 25, 1991.