Information from all 50 states about the consequences of being charged and
arrested as a juvenile. www.beforeyouplea.com
A COMMUNITY OUTREACH ORGANIZATION
Because everyone deserves a chance
(Acrobat Reader required to read some of these reports. Download the free
Adobe Reader software here.)
1) Moral Reconation Therapy can be used in EVERY prison and
juvenile facility in the United States. (read report)
2) Pew Research Report: One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008
3) You can watch online, the FRONTLINE special,
"When Kids Get Life" by visiting the site
4) More than meets the eye: Rethinking Assessment, Competency
and Sentencing for a Harsher Era of Juvenile Justice
INFO ABOUT "JUVIES"
A Documentary about Juveniles serving Life Without Parole and
narrated by Mark Wahlberg.
Rocky Mountain News: Series on Life Without
In September 2005 The Rocky Mountain News published a report
on Juvenile Justice, some of the state's current LWOP juveniles
and its history in Colorado. Read the report and decide for yourself.
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Promise or Peril for Children Exiting the
Juvenile Justice System?
A report from the National Center for Youth Law on youth leaving
Juvenile Justice System and re-entering society.
The Rest of Their Lives
Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States
The United States is one of the few countries where a crime committed
by a juvenile regularly results in a life sentence without any possibility of
parole. This 167-page report documents state and national trends in this
type of sentencing and analyzes the race, history and crimes of the
young offenders and is a joint project with Amnesty International.
More Important Reports for download
CONSTITUTIONAL TRENDS IN DEFENDING JUVENILES.doc
Until They Die a Natural Death.pdf
New Yorker Supermax Hellholes 2009.doc
New England Law Review Juvenile Death Sentence.pdf
No More Children Left Behind Bars.pdf
Following Human Rights Watch/Amnesty International’s publication
of Adult Crime for Adult Time, The Heritage Foundation issued a
report stating their support of juvenile life without parole and
questioning HRW/AI’s research. Click here for response.
Below are two links to part of the debate. Judge for yourself…
1) Opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch
2) Direct File by the Numbers.
Kids and the
Law: An A-Z
the first in the
series that also includes When
You Become 18: A Survival
Guide for Teenagers and
Seniors & the Law: A Guide for
While this is California-
centered, the advice is good
for all states.
Become 18: A
the second of
the State Bar's
education series that also
includes Kids & the Law: An A-
Z Guide for Parents and
Seniors & the Law: A Guide for
California centered; good for
Also the latest Pew Report:
One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections
Washington, DC - 03/02/2009 - Explosive growth in the number of
people on probation or parole has propelled the population of the
American corrections system to more than 7.3 million, or 1 in every
31 U.S. adults, according to a report released today by the Pew
Center on the States. The vast majority of these offenders live in the
community, yet new data in the report finds that nearly 90 percent of
state corrections dollars are spent on prisons. One in 31: The Long
Reach of American Corrections examines the scale and cost of
prison, jail, probation and parole in each of the 50 states (please see
the 50 state factsheets), and provides a blueprint for states to cut
both crime and spending by reallocating prison expenses to fund
stronger supervision of the large number of offenders in the
community.“Most states are facing serious budget deficits,” said
Susan Urahn, managing director of The Pew Center on the States.
“Every single one of them should be making smart investments in
community corrections that will help them cut costs and improve
National Juvenile Justice
Network 2010 Polling on Public Attitudes about the Treatment of
Information from all 50 states
about the consequences of being
charged and arrested as a
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the report, “No Place for Kids: The Case
for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration.” This excellent document examines the
detrimental impacts of America’s over-reliance on incarceration of youth, and will
likely help to catalyze a more coordinated national movement toward reform.
To download a copy of the full report, please visit: www.aecf.org/noplacefor
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bailbondpolicy.com/blog examines the effects of bail bond policy and pretrial
release programs in county jails. Our goal is to provide a community for those
affected either directly or indirectly by the incarceration of loved ones by
providing resources and information to help jail inmates, friends and family.
Good resources for those who are new arrivals to the criminal system and in
need of help.
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We are constantly finding and being given resources
that can offer help and information.
There is also ongoing research by groups,
educational institutions and think tanks to try and
curb juvenile crime and stop treating our children like