News Archive

February 10, 2011
Nationally, the latest FBI crime data show a noticeable decrease in violent crime across the United States, which includes juvenile delinquency rates — crimes committed by youth under the age of 18. However, disturbingly, during the same time period, we’ve seen an increase in the number of black teen murders. And few can ignore the recent spike in youth suicides committed as a result of bullying...
February 9, 2011
[Note: This entry based on Buffington, K., Dierkhising, C. B., & Marsh, S. C. (Summer 2010). Ten things to know about trauma and delinquency. Juvenile and Family Justice Today, 19(3), 12-13.] The mission of the juvenile court is complex. The court is tasked with protecting society, safeguarding the youth and families that come to its attention, and holding delinquent youth accountable while...
February 2, 2011
By Shawn Marsh, Ph.D. Prevention and intervention researchers have learned much about programs for youth that do not work or that are actually harmful. Thanks to this growing body of knowledge and advances in our understanding of brain development, the juvenile justice system is well-equipped to ensure that practices with youthful offenders adhere to the principle of “do no harm.” Further, the...

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