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Public News Service - IN: Juvenile Justice

A move to reform the juvenile justice system by offering alternatives other than juvenile detention is now in its 25th year. (aecf.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Young people in trouble with the law in Indiana have benefited from an updated approach to juvenile justice. It's the 25th anniversary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Indiana was one of the first states to embrace it, and state Supreme

Children's advocates hope more families will take in the growing number of kids in foster care in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Advocates for foster children say now is the time for people who may be considering becoming foster parents to step up - in Indiana, good homes for these kids are desperately needed. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) cites a big jump in the number of kids being removed

A new report documents the efforts by families to change the juvenile justice system. (Citizens for Prison Reform)

INDIANAPOLIS - About 54,000 children are incarcerated in the U.S., which means their families will be spending this Mother's Day weekend without them, or visiting them wherever they're locked up. Many of those moms are now fighting to end mass incarceration of young people and to make sure when te

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per

Punitive isolation is still used in Indiana youth correctional facilities, despite a national trend moving away from the practice. (Andrew Bardwell/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS - There's a national trend of moving away from the use of isolation as punishment in youth correctional facilities, but a new report says it is still used in Indiana. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others,

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