July 28, 2017 -
Since 2010, the number of children under the age of 18 in U.S. jails, prisons and juvenile facilities has plummeted due to reforms like "raise the age" legislation. But the U.S. still remains a world leader in the number of children it puts behind bars — and the South leads the nation.
July 14, 2017 -
When the North Carolina legislature passed its so-called "raise the age" law last month, it became the last state to stop automatically treating 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. But some still will be, and that puts them at risk of serious harm.
April 21, 2017 -
When New York passed "Raise the Age" legislation last week, North Carolina became the only state that automatically prosecutes 16- and-17-year-olds as adults. The N.C. legislature is now considering similar legislation to end the state's outlier status when it comes to youth justice.
June 11, 2013 -
Georgia and South Carolina are among the states with the highest rates of sexual assault of juvenile detainees, and most of the abuse involves the very staff members charged with supervising and counseling the troubled youngsters.
May 28, 2008 -
It's been eight months since over 40,000 demonstrators descended on the small town of Jena, Louisiana to protest
October 18, 2007 -
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week to discuss the controversial case of the Jena Six, in which trumped up charges were brought against six black teens following a series of racially
October 11, 2007 -
Danielle Super, a student at Smyrna High in suburban Nashville, Tenn., is suing her school district for denying her the right to wear to class a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Free the Jena Six," the Associated Press reports.