Youth Promise Act: Trying to Reform Juvenile Justice

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Jun 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM


5th time’s the charm with support from both sides of the aisle

You might think that after introducing a bill four times over the course of eight years, its sponsor would give up. Not so for Rep. Bobby Scott. The Democrat from Virginia has reintroduced the Youth Promise Act for the fifth time. After previously not reaching the House floor for a vote, the prospects for it being passed look good.Bobby_scott

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,, bipartisanship, Youth Promise Act

Juvenile Sentencing Reform Picking Up Public Support

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Feb 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Pew Poll Finds Voters  Support Juvenile Sentencing Reform For Those Who Commit Lesser Crimes

In the 1990s, the country and its lawmakers took a “get tough on juvenile offenders” stance. Keep the community safe by getting delinquents off the street and locking them up was the attitude. 

Judging by a 2014 Pew Charitable Trusts poll, the times, they have a-changed.


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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,, bipartisanship

The issue that has Newt Gingrich and Van Jones walking arm in arm

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Jan 20, 2015 2:34:00 PM


In this era of extreme political contentiousness in the United States, it seems as if the conservatives are the conservatives, the liberals, the liberals and never the twain shall meet.

Except . . . there is one issue on which the two adversaries—or at least some of them—can agree. Criminal-justice reform.newt

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,, juvenile justice, bipartisanship

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