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Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles

By large margins, the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation directing juvenile court judges to consider whether treatment in a youth's community would be a better option than sentencing the youth to a juvenile prison. Read More

Texas to Close Youth Prisons, Shift Funds to Community-Based Treatment

The Texas Legislature passed a bill signed into law by Governor Perry to close 3 of 10 state youth prisons and shift the funds to community-based rehabilitation programs and sanctions. Read More

Housing Affordability Problems Worsen For Working Households

Despite the continuing depreciation in home values, housing affordability is significantly decreasing for America's working owners and renters. Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Protects Miranda Rights of Children

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that age must be considered by law enforcement in determining whether Miranda warnings must be given to children during police interrogations. Read More

"Foreclosure Belt" Destabilizing Vulnerable Neighborhoods in Chicago

A new report by the MacArthur-supported Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing finds that the foreclosure crisis continues to affect tenants, particularly renters in low-to-moderate-income African American and Latino/Hispanic community areas in Chicago, and that banks ... Read More

U.S. Government Launches Digital Literacy Portal

The U.S. government has launched a new website – DigitalLiteracy.gov – that provides resources to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. Read More

Lack of Proficiency in Civics Identified as Looming Crisis

MacArthur grantee iCivics declares "a crisis on our hands when it comes to civics education," after reviewing the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress results. Read More

Investments in Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Reform Leverage State Funding

The new funding will support local projects that divert young people from formal juvenile court, establish community-based alternatives to incarceration, and improve county-based systems for providing legal representation. Read More

Affordability Increasingly Challenges U.S. Renters

Long-term increases in rental housing prices and utility costs combined with stagnant or falling incomes are creating escalating affordability pressures for U.S. renters. Read More

The Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers Selected for Teen Learning Labs Project

MacArthur and the Institute of Museum and Library Services committed $4 million to help the two organizations support a network that will engage youth in 21st century skills and STEM education. Read More

Housing Stability Plays Positive Role in Healthy Child Development

Low-income families move much more frequently than the general population, according to a new report by the Center for Housing Policy, a MacArthur grantee. Read More

Juvenile Justice Changes in Illinois Praised

The Champaign for Youth Justice is a MacArthur grantee. Read More