5 reasons kids shouldn’t face adult charges

Charging children as adults is a way to make sure they don't get lenient sentences for dramatic crimes. However, it ignores one crucial - and very simple - point: Kids aren't adults. Trying them as adults could open them up to more problems than it solves. Below are a few reasons that some experts b...

Sentence outcome for youths stresses redemption, not pure punishment

Let the punishment fit the crime. What that means for juvenile offenders in Indiana and nationally is that an appropriate sentencing outcome -- that is, a logical and equitable response to a criminal charge -- must take due regard of the singular characteristics often attaching to youth and tailo...

Juvenile offenders need rigorous defense and representation

There's a common cultural belief that children and teenagers who are convicted of crimes are often given lighter punishments than adults accused of similar offenses. After all, the focus of the juvenile justice system is supposed to be rehabilitating youthful offenders instead of just punishing them...

When are juveniles tried in adult court?

When a juvenile commits a crime, they are often tried in a juvenile court. These courts are meant to rehabilitate the child, under the assumption that they were not mature enough to understand the consequences of the crime they committed. In more extreme cases, however, juveniles may be tried in...

A movement to end solitary confinement for juveniles

Stop Solitary for Kids is a campaign that focuses on alternatives for children and teenagers housed in juvenile detention centers. Through public awareness, staff training, and local, state and federal policy and legislation models, the initiative's goal is to end solitary confinement for incarcerat...