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Spotlight on Youth is a radio show focusing on social and legal trends impacting the rights and well-being of youth across the country. Spotlight on Youth is hosted by the Children's Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to children's rights issues. Located in Kentucky, Children Law Center represents children in a variety of matters, participates in research and innovative community-based initiatives, and engages in larger reform work that affects practice and policy on regional and national levels

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Youth face many challenges when they return to their communities after experiencing an out-of-home placement due to juvenile justice system contact. While Ohio's juvenile justice system has changed dramatically during the past... more

Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justic System A few years ago, Spotlight on Youth highlighted Ohio's Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. BHJJ was developed to meet the... more

On May 21, 2014, the State of Ohio reached a settlement that resolves similar allegations under two separate lawsuits; one stemming from ongoing issues that remained under a prior settlement reached in S.H. v. Stickrath (2008) and the... more

Real Voices, Real Stories, and Real Education: Boosting Youth Leadership and Engagement Scenarios USA is a national nonprofit that has been at the forefront of assisting youth in telling their own narratives in addressing harmful social... more

Research shows that children of incarcerated parents not only suffer the relational loss of a parent, but experience economic and social challenges that result from incarceration. During the past two decades, the number of children with an... more

Promoting Education and the Welfare of Kids Through Judicial Leadership and Collaboration Across the country we are seeking ways to create better outcomes for at-risk youth. There are juvenile court judges who have have used their... more

Restorative justice offers an alternative to traditional criminal justice responses. Instead of focusing on punishment, it seeks to repair the harm that has occurred while still ensuring accountability. It allows for people who have been harmed,... more

An update to the May 2012 report, Falling Through the Cracks, will be released soon. Erin Davies, Public Policy Attorney for the Children's Law Center, will discuss the report's contents, including trends regarding youth prosecuted in the... more

Many states have enacted blended sentencing statutes. These statutes allow juvenile courts to impose both juvenile and adult correctional sanctions or extend their jurisdiction over the youth into early adulthood. Many believe there are... more

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that adolescents are different than adults. It would seem to follow then that youth are treated as such under the law, including when they are involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.... more

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