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Public News Service - VA: Juvenile Justice

Data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that locking up juvenile offenders when they are not really a threat can change the young person for life. (Richard Ross/AECF)

RICHMOND, Va. – A program to help keep juvenile offenders out of pre-trial detention is showing big results for Virginia. The state and some local jurisdictions have worked with The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative since 2003. Beth Stinnett, program ma

A new report finds young offenders spend longer locked up because of court fines and fees. (Juvenile Law Center)

RICHMOND, Va. - Young people in Virginia's juvenile-justice system often end up jailed longer because of their inability to pay fines and court fees, according to a new analysis by the Juvenile Law Center. Its report, "Debtors' Prison for Kids," found that many young offenders stay locked up or on

According to a new survey, U.S. jails hold ten times more mentally ill individuals than hospitals. Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail after being arrested for stealing five dollars worth of snacks. (Youtube/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. jails are overrun with mentally ill inmates and are ill-equipped to deal with the problem, according to a recent survey of corrections staff. The study found that on average 16 percent of prisoners in the U.S. correctional system are seriously mentally ill. The study’s

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

A new poll suggests strong support for juvenile-justice reform, including closing juvenile prisons like the two in Virginia. (Richard Ross)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national survey shows strong support for the kinds of juvenile-justice reform backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The governor has proposed shutting Virginia's two large juvenile prisons and replacing them with a range of smaller, community-based corrections programs. In a new survey

Virginia incarcerates more youths than many other states, but at what cost? Credit: larryfarr/morguefile.com

RICHMOND, Va. - A new analysis of the state's youth prison system finds it to be a costly revolving door, and experts are urging Virginia policymakers to invest in alternatives to make communities safer that also can save taxpayers money. According to the report from The Commonwealth Institute for

The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice will take questions from the public in a town hall meeting in Richmond Thursday night. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - The head of Virginia juvenile justice will take questions from the public Thursday in Richmond. Organizers say the town hall is a chance to talk about reforming the system. The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice, Andy Block, will sit down with young people and fam

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