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Public News Service - TN: Juvenile Justice

Recent reforms have shrunk the annual number of girls' detentions to less than 46,000 nationwide from nearly 100,000 in the early 2000s, according to the Vera Institute for Justice. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The juvenile court in Davidson county is spearheading an effort to reduce the number of girls and gender-nonconforming young people who end up behind bars. The court is emphasizing a trauma-informed approach, as part of the Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration by the Vera Ins

Under the conditions of her high-profile release from prison, Cyntoia Brown will be required to undergo regular counseling, work at least 50 hours of community service and find employment. (Change.org)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In one of his last acts as governor, Bill Haslam has granted the prospect of freedom to Cyntoia Brown, commuting her life sentence for murder with eligibility for parole in early August. Brown, who said she was a victim of child sex trafficking, was sentenced in 2006 to li

Rutherford County now is temporarily prevented from holding juveniles in solitary confinement until a lawsuit is resolved. (Hannah/flickr.com)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Tennessee counties may be reconsidering their use of solitary confinement for juveniles after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Rutherford County from subjecting youths to isolation cells. The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of

A report by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative recommends states take steps to promote normalcy among children living in foster care. (JoeysPhotos/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eight-thousand children in Tennessee are spending the holiday break with their foster families, and recent efforts at the national and state level are making it easier for them to experience a normal childhood. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, r

Tennessee Youth Development Centers are working towards a more therapeutic approach when it comes to juvenile reform. Credit: taylorschlades/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee is one of 10 states that still allows children to be isolated in detention centers through solitary confinement. The fact was highlighted in a recent report by the pro bono program at the law firm Lowenstein Sandler. But Rob Johnson, communications director for

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