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.



Enhancing Mental Health Advocacy for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

By Fiza Quraishi

Many girls in the juvenile justice system need mental health services. They are, in many cases, legally

California Law Gives Youth Sentenced to Life Without Parole Another Chance

By Michael Harris

In a key policy shift that could spur other states to change their sentencing practices, California enacted

Recent US SC Decisions Suggest That Justice System Should Not Treat Children as Adults

By Hannah Benton

Scientific research on adolescent brain development continues to show that the brain of a 15-year-old is very

Michael Harris presentation on the overlap of implicit bias and the School to Prison Pipeline

Analysts from the fields of education, race relations, politics and law enforcement talked about institutional bias and racism, and recommendations

A Different Kind of Racism

Implicit Bias pervades society, but legal standards reflect an outdated understanding of how racial discrimination operates

By Thera Naiman


New National Data Shows Racial Disparities in School Discipline

By Michael Harris

Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals disturbing racial disparities in school discipline. The

NCYL’s Greatest Hits

The following is an overview of the work done in NCYL’s priority areas over the past 40 years.

Child Welfare

Thinking Outside the Cell - Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth with Mental Health Needs

The report features three case studies of youth confined to the Texas Youth Commission’s (TYC) Corsicana Residential Treatment Center, a

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