Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

By Daniel Wagner

Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… ges a flat fee of $2.40 in Maine to send money to inmates. Until recently, Arkansas charged 5 percent to send money through the state’s own Web portal. Flor …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sexual assault":

"… the House companion version before the August summer recess instead.) “Sexual assault on our college campuses has reached epidemic proportions,” said Maloney …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "media attention":

"… ting schools and putting pressure on them, which has led to a new round of media attention. In late April, a federal task force unveiled recommendations for helping …"

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rape":

"… that one in five women have become a victim while in college. Entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” the 38-page report detail …"

A modern understanding of a long ago confession and a boy’s execution

By Corey Hutchins

Nearly seventy years after his execution, George Stinney Jr.'s involvment in a 1944 double-murder comes into question.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Stinney":

"… oad spike, and for the culprit they fingered a 14-year-old black boy named George Stinney Jr., whom a witness said had been seen talking to the girls earlier that d …"

"… n 90 days after the girls were killed, the State of South Carolina shocked George Stinney Jr. to death in an electric chair that could barely fit his small frame. H …"

"… ca. These days, not everyone who lives in the area has heard the story of George Stinney Jr. About four years ago, a white local attorney named Steve McKenzie read …"

"… t, as a lawyer, was just appalled at the lack of process that was given to George Stinney.” In October 2013, McKenzie asked the county solicitor ― the state's …"

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

New report says teens involved in prostitution should be treated as victims.

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chellie Pingree":

"… not all maintained in one place,” Schroeder said. Because of this, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the 2013 Ruth Moore Act, which aims to make it easier …"

Suit alleges mistreatment of California minors with mental health problems

By Susan Ferriss

California litigation cites 'unconscionable conditions' in Contra Costa County.

Child sex trafficking: schools could help stop it

By Susan Ferriss

This week's news about teen prostitution rings are a reminder that educators can help keep teens from predators.

Evidence-based treatment works for Georgia’s troubled youth, but dollars aren’t following

State leaders are expanding evidence-based treatment for troubled youth, but roadblocks still prevent many from receiving best care.

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… storm of outrage over sexual assaults within the U.S. military struck the Pentagon with intense fury on May 7, with public expressions of regret by top milit …"

"… sals for reporting sexual assaults despite recent efforts by the Pentagon officials to encourage such reports — suggesting a widespread belie …"

"… a vastly unreported crime,” Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton, director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, acknowledged to reporte …"

"… were false, or punishments were meted out for nonsexual misbehavior. The Pentagon’s report acknowledged that military authorities weren’t always prepare …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

Human Rights Watch investigates how minors, even for innocuous offenses, can end up on sex-offender registries for life.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Human Rights Watch":

"… ause of an offense committed at age 15. The New York-based research group Human Rights Watch issued an extensive report today on the life-shattering consequences of pu …"

"… s a college campus), and other more relatively innocuous offenses.” The Human Rights Watch report acknowledged that registration laws were designed to protect the pu …"

New therapy proves effective for juvenile sex offenders

Multisystemic Therapy proves effective for juvenile sex offenders.

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault.

Georgia's troubled effort to reduce juvenile crime

By Jim Walls

Georgia changed law covering juvenile offenses, but recidivism remains high

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… nd recidivism among black juveniles was slightly higher than for whites in Delaware and Missouri. In Washington state, the rates for both races were roughly t …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… rs of confined wards between 1997 and 2010. Several states, including Arizona and Georgia, cut their numbers by 50 percent or more.  On the global …"

Federal initiative to help schools recognize youth sex trafficking

By Susan Ferriss

Students can be exploited more if they are suspended or expelled for misbehavior and left unsupervised alone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… stop brought in a thousand dollars a day. Alice Hill, senior counselor to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, said human trafficking, whether to …"

Secret US detention program had many foreign collaborators

By Douglas Birch

A new report details the involvement of dozens of countries in rough treatment, without accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tehran":

"… nsfer was part of an arms-length trade of prisoners between Washington and Tehran, an example of the short-lived post-9/11 collaboration between the two nat …"

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

New report: Minors in 'solitary' hallucinate, harm themselves

By Susan Ferriss

New report: Minors in 'solitary' hallucinate, harm themselves

Excerpts from this story referencing "Human Rights Watch":

"… resort to isolating juveniles.In “Growing Up Locked Down,” the groups Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union report that a substantial number of …"

"… ups of prisoners in any other way. But several prison officials often told Human Rights Watch that they would like to have the ability to manage youth differently.”In …"

Florida to close controversial juvenile detention center

By Susan Ferriss

Florida plans to close a privately run juvenile offener home that has been under scrutiny for alleged poor treatmetn of kids.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Youth Services International":

"… ng. Thompson Academy, a low-security facility in Broward County, is run by Youth Services International, a private company that holds $81.8 million in Florida government contract …"

"… cy” to reward certain behavior. In subsequent court filings, lawyers for Youth Services International strongly denied the allegations, calling them a “torrent of unsubstantia …"

"… antiated and irrelevant accusations.” The public defenders’ fight with Youth Services International was not the company’s first legal skirmish in Florida. The Southern Pove …"

"… leged that a 14-year-old boy had been sexually assaulted at Thompson, sued Youth Services International in 2010. That suit was resolved in May 2011 with a sealed settlement. Week …"

Federal report: Fewer kids are victims of violent crime, but more are poor

By Susan Ferriss

An annual report is a mixed bag, showing fewer teen pregnancies and less violent crime, but more poverty and exposure to air pollution.

California bucks trend by rejecting new limits on 'solitary'

By Susan Ferriss

California bucks trend; politics or money to blame?

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… Ventura County’s probation chief and the probation chiefs’ legislative chair, told the Center that his county actually could have handled the mental-he …"

"… by ignoring the concerns of rank-and-file personnel.”Price, who is the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, additionally said the measure would have …"

Supreme Court: Children shouldn't get life with no parole possibility

By Susan Ferriss

A Supreme Court decision means thousands will be eligible to get hearings for new sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… ecision requires the lower courts to conduct new sentencing hearings where judges will have to consider children’s individual characters and life circums …"

"… justices found in Monday’s decision, this trend has stripped juries and judges of discretion in cases where the accused is younger than 18.“State law …"

"… r than 18.“State law mandated that each juvenile die in prison even if a judge or jury would have thought that his youth and its attendant characteristic …"

"… urt. Ultimately, “there’s only one possible punishment,” an Arkansas judge later wrote after his conviction, which required life without parole.Kagan …"

Justice Department launches probe into sexual assault at the University of Montana

By Gordon Witkin

Inquiry will look at handling of sexual assault cases at University of Montana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "school judicial systems":

"… lts in campus judicial proceedings often face little or no punishment from school judicial systems, while their victims’ lives are frequently turned upside down. …"