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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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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

Adolescents that move between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or are known to both concurrently are referred to as crossover youth. Crossover youth often enter the juvenile justice system at younger ages than other youth,... more

Quick Take Ohio: SCENARIOS USA REAL DEAL Curriculum Helps Teachers Engage Youth Steph Mukenyi Wahome who is the Greater Cleveland Manager for SCENARIOS USA, provides an overview of SCENARIOS USA, discusses their... more

Tribal Youth and Juvenile Justice: Promoting Resiliency, Youth Engagement, and Delinquency Prevention American Indiana and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and youth have historically been overrepresented in systems, including the juvenile... more

The concept of whether one is competent to stand trial is commonly understood as applied to adults in criminal court proceedings. When it comes to kids who face delinquency petitions, the concept because less clear due in part to the issue of... more