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By: Shay Bilchik and Michael Umpierre, JJIE

"President Obama recently proclaimed October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. The proclamation itself offers a thoughtful overview of the state of juvenile justice in the United States and the various ways the federal government is supporting efforts to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities.The proclamation is also a call to action to shape and operate a justice system that is fair, equitable..."

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Juvenile Justice Loses a Champion

By: Shay Bilchik, Huffington Post

"Very few people have working in the juvenile justice system as part of their original career plan. They may choose to go into criminal justice and navigate their way to juvenile justice when they discover the life changing opportunities presented when working with youth. They may start as a prosecutor or public defender and while going through the early career rotation of assignments develop a passion for juvenile law. Even fewer, however, find their way to the field of juvenile justice through the clergy. Yet that is the pathway that Edward “Ned” J. Loughran took..."

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Stop Solitary for Kids: The Movement Grows

By: Mark Soler and Marc Schindler, JJIE

​​"In just the last month or so, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined a growing list of national organizations calling for an end to the solitary confinement of young people in this country. The AAP endorsed the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign’s position statement.

And a new resolution from NCJFCJ calls for an end to solitary confinement as defined by..." 

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Jay Z and Spike TV Call to End Solitary for Kids ​

By: Jenny Lutz, Stop Solitary for Kids 

"On October 6, 2016, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, the Weinstein Company, and Spike TV held a jointpress conference in New York City to announce a new six-part documentary series on the life of Kalief Browder. “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” will air in January, focusing on the injusticesfaced by Kalief after being arrested in the Bronx at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack. Kalief was incarcerated on Rikers Island for three years and spent over 1,000 days in solitary confinement before charges against him were dropped. Kalief took his own life two years later. His story was featured in the New Yorker before his death in 2014..."

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Bridging the Gap

By: Rin-Rin Yu, Policy Perspectives

"For the past decade, the McCourt School’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has been connecting systems of care in an effort to improve the lives of at-risk youth around the country.
The kids may have committed crimes, but in Shay Bilchik’s eyes, they are still children. “Malleable,” he calls them. Being malleable is a good thing, because there is still hope for them."