National Center for Youth Law



In This Issue: Oregon fails to ensure that all children can attend a full day of school, Healthy sexual development to Improve outcomes for youth in foster care, and leading educators criticize DeVos.



Unfettered Discretion, Negative Outcomes, and No Oversight: California’s Need for Data Collection on Juveniles Prosecuted as Adults

by Francis V. Guzman

Prosecuting children as adults and sentencing them to serve time in the adult criminal justice system

From Abused And Neglected To Abused And Exploited - The Intersection of the Child Welfare System with the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Many anti-human trafficking advocates have begun examining why certain children are more vulnerable than others to falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. One clear pattern quickly emerges—a large proportion of victims of commercial sexual exploitation have been involved with the child welfare system.
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HR 4980: An Important Advance for Child Welfare

By Stephanie Krol & Jess Reed 


H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, is a wide-ranging,

Combatting Implicit Bias to Reduce Disparities in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Presented by:

Jason Okonofua, Stanford University
Kristi Harris, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Harris, National Center for Youth Law

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NCYL Seeks Accurate Competency Assessments and Appropriate Services in California’s Juvenile Justice System

NCYL collaborated with the U.C. Davis California Supreme Court Clinic to draft an amicus brief in a case that involves

Federal Guidance Seeks to End Discriminatory School Discipline

By Hannah Benton

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (DOE and DOJ, respectively) issued guidance

Implicit Bias and Juvenile Justice: - A Review of the Literature

This paper reviews the literature investigating implicit bias within the juvenile justice system, focusing on five domains of decision-makers: judges,

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Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Study on Fouts Springs Youth Facility: A Model Approach to Serving High-Risk Youth

In a recent study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), researchers examined the successful, therapeutic, evidence-based model

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