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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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Kentucky, like many other states, was sending low-level youth offenders to correctional facilities at a high cost. Research has shown such actions are expensive and more harmful in the long-run compromising public safety and the... more

Many law students do not realize how broad juvenile law is and the wide array of practice areas it can encompass. It is not a traditional bar exam class, therefore students either elect to take a class that piqued their interest or they stumble... more

Ohio made tremendous strides in reducing the number of kids locked up in state correctional facilities and addressing the mental and behavioral health issues of youth. Bring Youth Home, a new report by the Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC),... more

An in depth examination of juvenile justice in the United States features three states, one being Ohio and several young people who have experienced incarceration. Connie Fossi, the producer and co-writer of Prison Kids: A Crime... more

Quick Take Ohio: A Toolkit for Correctional Facilities to Help Reduce the Use of Solitary Confinement In March 2015, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) published a Toolkit to Reduce the Use of Isolation. This... more

The ?school-to-prison pipeline? refers to the policies and practices that push children, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This practice has been fueled by zero... more

This week the Children's Law Center launched Stop Solitary of Ohio's Youth. This campaign focuses on bringing attention to and ending the destructive practice of isolating kids while placed in adult and juvenile correctional facilities, detention... more

In January 2015, the report, Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works was released documenting the changes that have occurred at the state-level in Ohio's juvenile justice system. Ohio has been highlighted... more

Many people are unaware that teens and preteens can be brought from detention and correctional facilities to juvenile court in leg irons, belly chains and handcuffs, often even before a youth is charged with any wrongdoing. The practice of... more

After spending time in a correctional facility, youth are often released without family, system, or community support. For a myriad of reasons, these youth face high rates of unemployment and education failure, have limited viable housing... more

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