Per the Coalition for Juvenile Justice: House Passes HR 1809 to Reform and Reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Today, in the U.S. House of Representatives, a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, and enhance the focus on prevention, was passed by voice vote. The legislation, known […]
Trends in Adult and Juvenile Detention The Wisconsin Department of Corrections Office of Detention Facilities released their annual report for 2016. The report shows data relating to the population of Wisconsinites in secure facilities. As has been highlighted by previous reports, arrest rates are down throughout Wisconsin and have been consistently declining for over twenty […]
Predicting how the new administration under President Trump will view criminal and juvenile justice reform is risky, but concerns about a return to a “law and order” perspective are legitimate. Based on comments President Trump made during the campaign, his continued refusal to accept the proven wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five, and noting […]
As issues swirl around in the media and in public discourse about juvenile justice—particularly around how the system handles some of the more serious youthful offenders—it is good to ground the discussion with some facts. The Juvenile Arrests in Wisconsin Fact Sheet is a simple way to check some of the major trends reported through […]
The number of arrests of people age 17 and under has dropped sharply in Wisconsin in recent years. The decrease reflects a drop in crime committed by juveniles, as well as changes in law enforcement practices.
This report is an update of an earlier 2015 report and includes data through 2015. Fortunately, many of the trends noted in the prior reports have continued, as juvenile arrests have continued to decline and there has been a growth in support for successful community-based programs. Read the full report here.
This is a 2008 WCCF publication outlining why 17 year olds should not be charged as adults, including a review of some of the collateral consequences of youth getting an adult arrest and/or court record. Although the numbers have changed, the basic content of this report informs our on-going efforts to raise the age of […]
Following up on a post on October 6 about making sure we are using data and facts rather than unsubstantiated rhetoric about juvenile arrests, based on data available from the Wisconsin Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis, juvenile arrests continued their decline through 2015. The data shows that juvenile arrests have declined by about 57% […]
With some recent statistics showing a rise in violent crime in some of our nation’s larger cities, I fear a “déjà vu’ all over again” rise of language and messaging that is eerily similar to the “superpredator” scare of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s that led to some of the more regressive changes in […]
Something we don’t always think about as youth go through the juvenile justice system – or in some cases diverted from the formal system into municipal courts or even other diversion programs – is that often various fines and fees are assessed on the youth and/or the parents. A new report from the Juvenile Law […]