A report by a state task force will recommend today that Governor Paterson close or significantly downsize state-run juvenile detention facilities. A draft copy of the report obtained by WNYC says the facilities are damaging young people and wasting taxpayer dollars.
More on juvenile offenders: Sensible Fixes to Youth Crime and Delinquency Policies, Washington Post editorial
The Courier-Journal takes an in-depth look at the nearly 270 Kentucky children who died of abuse or neglect during the past decade -- more than half of them in cases where state officials already knew of or suspected problems.
Dour Economy Brings New Challenges to Child Care, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)
Day Care Licenses: State still puts kids in felons' hands, St. Petersburg Times/Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger
Warning Signs Are Missed by Social Workers, and Two Children Die at Home, Los Angeles Times
Racial Disparities Reason for Ranking in Poverty, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
Frightening Rise in Binge Drinking Among California Teens, San Jose Mercury News
According to a new NYT/CBS News poll, more than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments because they are out of work. Almost half have suffered from depression or anxiety. The New York Times reports on the poll findings, which explore the depth of the trauma experienced by the millions of Americans who are out of work.
In 1874, the story of 10-year-old Mary Ellen McCormack put a human face on child abuse -- and prompted a reformers’ crusade to prevent it and protect its victims. Over a century later, at least three U.S. children die every day as a result of parental mistreatment. Mary Ellen’s story, writes Markel, reminds us of a simple equation: How much our society values its children can be measured by how well they are treated and protected.
The last five to seven years have seen a marked increase in gang activity on Indian reservations across the nation, reports The New York Times. The U.S. Justice Department has identified the home-grown gangs, which operate in what is already some of the country’s poorest and most neglected places, as part of an overall juvenile crime problem in Indian country -- one that is abetted by eroding law enforcement, a paucity of juvenile programs and a suicide rate for Indian youth that is more than three times the national average.
Three weeks before he was elected president, President Barack Obama set an audacious goal: end hunger among children in the United States by 2015. The president's goal could prove daunting: Childhood hunger is more complex than previously understood, new research suggests, and is unlikely to be solved simply by spending more money for food programs.
Teen with Autism, Mom Communicate Via Texting, Times Record News (Texas)
My Family Can't Afford to Get Sick, L.A. Youth
Reading Practice Can Strengthen Brain 'Highways', NPR
U.S.-born Hispanics See Gains in Education, Income, The Associated Press
To Avoid Bleaker Times, Michigan Must Teach Kids Better, The Blade (Ohio)
School Hiring Sex Offender May Lead to Policy Change, Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat
Job Training: TANF gets a stimulus boost, Bluefield (W.Va.) Daily Telegraph
U.S. Teens Ignore Laws Against Texting While Driving, Reuters
Virginia’s Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, which is decorated with teal walls, beach decor and murals, offers a child-friendly place for young victims to be examined. Before it opened in May, area children who had been abused or who had witnessed a crime could endure as many as 14 interviews by deputies, detectives, social workers, nurses, psychologists and lawyers, reports The Free Lance-Star.
Sisters Edelmira and Angela Marquez are teenage mothers, a particularly widespread occurrence among U.S.-born offspring of Hispanic immigrants. The Washington Post explores the women’s experiences, including struggles with education, language and finances. For more information on young Latinos, see a report released Friday by the Pew Hispanic Center.
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