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Archive: December 22, 2015

A juvenile expert calls on Kentucky to put reasonable limits on solitary confinement of juveniles. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A juvenile-justice expert in Kentucky says it's "not smart" that 10 states, including Kentucky, do not limit how much time juvenile offenders can be punished in solitary confinement. That failure to limit punitive isolation is a key finding in a new report generated by pro bono wor ...Read More

Conservationists and recreation advocates plan to start the new year pushing to protect rivers and streams under the new Colorado Water Plan. (Rob Chandler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Conservation groups are gearing up to make sure their voices are heard as Colorado's Water Plan heads into the implementation phase in the new year. Nathan Fey, Colorado stewardship director for American Whitewater, said the last 100 years of water development have been focused on meeting ...Read More

No matter the offense, 17-year-olds in Michigan are automatically tried as adults. (VIctor/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Efforts to change the experiences of young people in the juvenile-justice system are picking up steam in Michigan. Lawmakers recently held a hearing on the "Youth in Prison" package, which includes bills to change the way youth offenders are treated. Carmen Daugherty, policy direct ...Read More

After more than two decades providing gifts for children in need, Peter Fontana is retiring as Chief Elf for Operation Santa. Credit: Peter Fontana.

NEW YORK - Each year, thousands of "Dear Santa" letters are received by the U.S. Postal Service's Operation Santa program. As "Chief Elf," Peter Fontana oversees the New York location, where a team of "postal elves" responds to the letters and email messages, and sends gifts to children who might no ...Read More

As many as 10,000 New Yorkers may be eligible for pardons immediately. (houstondwiPhotos mp/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give New Yorkers who made mistakes as teenagers but got their lives back on track a big boost in their efforts to succeed - in the form of pardons. A criminal conviction can make finding a job or getting an education or an apartment extremely difficult. Cuo ...Read More

Research shows December is among the top three months for first-time alcohol use among teens. (Mike Clifford)

CONCORD, N.H. - December is a time of good cheer, but it is also one of the prime months for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Jayson Pratt, vice president and regional clinical director for Phoenix House of New England, a group of nonprofit treatment centers, said that while many states ...Read More

More than 65,000 English-language learners are enrolled in Maryland public schools. (AFS USA/

BALTIMORE - A state task force is extending its study of ways to improve public education for immigrant children in Maryland. The number of English-language learners in the state's public schools has doubled to more than 65,000 in the past 10 years. Sean Johnson, legislative director for the Maryla ...Read More

Family members want to support crime survivors, but often aren't sure what to do or say. (sgarton/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Getting through the holidays comes with special challenges for people who have been crime victims, and there's a new, Oregon-based website packed with information to assist them. "Help. Hope. Heal" is an online guide for family members who aren't sure what to do or say to help a su ...Read More

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