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Spotlight on Youth


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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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The United States is rapidly changing. The population continues to grow and is becoming increasingly more diverse. There are new technologies and evolving economies. There are greater disparities among economic levels and gaps in... more

Exploring the Connection: Behavioral Health and Juvenile Justice Research has shown there is a high correlation between children who suffer from mental health or co-occurring behavioral health issues and juvenile justice involvement.... more

There are many efforts underway to assist children and youth achieve more successful outcomes. One area of particular concern is the rate of children's exposure to violence. A U.S. Department of Justice study showed that more... more

Understanding the Research and the Potential Impact in Juvenile Court: Differences Between Youth and Adults Research has demonstrated that young people are biologically, psychologically, and socially, different than adults. In... more

A 2006 national report indicated that an average of 26,000 children across the country are placed in detention centers facilities on a daily basis. That study reported that Ohio was placing youth in detention at a rate higher than... more

Youth of color comprise 38 percent of the youth population in the U.S.yet comprise nearly 70 percent of those who are confined. That is because youth of color are arrested, charged and incarcerated more than White youth for similar... more

A need for a closer examination of girls in the juvenile justice system has occurred due to increased arrest rates during the past two decades. Research has shown that to address girls' delinquency requires gender-responsive... more

Almost four years ago, the State of Ohio entered into a sweeping settlement after a federal class action was filed in S.H. v. Stickrath (now S.H v. Reed) based on the unsafe and unconstitutional conditions of youth who were housed in state... more

Restorative Justice offers a novel approach to dealing with criminals. Both offenders and victims become integral to the process with offenders encouraged to take responsibility for their actions — apologizing to victims,... more

The use of isolation (also known as seclusion) as part of behavior management and control in juvenile detention and correctional settings has been the subject of debate and litigation for years. Research has demonstrated that isolation causes... more