Texas has come a long way in juvenile justice reform. But this year, the question of whether to raise the age of “criminal responsibility” has split some lawmakers in the Senate.
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Advocates, House members and some county officials support shifting 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system, but the plan’s path through the Senate is unclear.
A coalition of advocates, judges and sheriffs have called for treating 17-year-olds as juveniles in the criminal justice system, but a key senator remains skeptical.
After eight years of reforms, a new study shows Texas’ juvenile justice system has steered more kids out of the system by keeping them close to home.
Texas Public Policy Foundation estimates that thousands of minors are still hauled off to jails because of a legal loophole: violating a valid court order.
The Texas Observer’s June cover story, “Life On the List,” looked at what happens when children are placed on Texas’ public sex offender registry. […]
The Juvenile Justice Association of Texas will quit auctioning treatment space in response to criticism from state Sen. John Whitmire, following a Texas Observer story.
Five years of juvenile justice reform in Texas have been built on one point that everyone can agree on: kids do better when they’re […]
More than half the kids in Texas’ juvenile justice system have some history of sexual abuse, domestic violence or some other major trauma, and—according […]