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Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to Study

The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided hundreds of Illinois youth a greater opportunity to turn their lives around. More

Mortgage Turmoil Contributes to Rental Affordability Woes, According to Harvard Report

The current mortgage turmoil reaches deep into rental markets, according to new research on rental housing market dynamics released today by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. More

2008 WOLA Report Shows Anti-Drug Fumigation in Colombia Failing

Intensive aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia has backfired badly, contributing to the spread of coca cultivation and cocaine production to new areas of the country and threatening human health and the environment, according to a new report. More

Report on Implementation of The Learning Partnership

In 2002 the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched a national initiative to improve education for urban youth through a strategy of district system reform. More

Public Willing to Pay More for Rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders

Polling data released today by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) show that more than 70 percent of the general public agree that incarcerating youthful offenders without rehabilitation is the same as giving up on them. More

Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected

Young people’s use of digital media may result in various innovations and unexpected outcomes, from the use of videogame technologies to create films to the effect of home digital media on family life. More

How Digital Media Can Engage Youth

Young people today have grown up living substantial portions of their lives online, seeking entertainment, social relationships, and a place to express themselves. More