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January 08, 2018

Living with Slenderman

Kathleen Hale, hazlitt.net

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Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice

January 05, 2018

Scott Walker plans to close troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison, open six small facilities

Molly Beck, Wisconsin State Journal

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Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice

January 05, 2018

Juveniles no longer to be held at troubled Wisconsin prison

Fox News via Associated Press

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January 16, 2018

Juvenile Law Center Submits Amicus Brief in Support of Cyntoia Brown

Today Juvenile Law Center, along with several other advocacy organizations, filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, on behalf of Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville young woman who received a life sentence with the opportunity for parole after 51 years when she was just sixteen years old. Cyntoia’s case recently garnered national media attention when several celebrities, including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, spoke out against this unjust and unconstitutional, sentence.

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January 11, 2018

Juvenile Law Center Announces 2018 Leadership Prize Recipients

Today Juvenile Law Center, the oldest public interest law firm for children in the country, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Leadership Prize. The group’s annual Leadership Prize is awarded to outstanding advocates working to advance the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems. The work of our awardees has substantially improved the lives of the country’s most vulnerable youth.

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January 04, 2018

Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections Will Close Youth Prisons in Wake of Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions

The Walker administration and the Department of Corrections announced today that they will be closing the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake state-run youth correctional facilities in Irma. The decision comes following an injunction secured by the ACLU of Wisconsin and Juvenile Law Center (with pro-bono assistance from Quarles & Brady) through a class action civil rights lawsuit in federal court centered on the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray, shackling, and strip searches of children. The suit was filed on behalf of youth confined in the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls. The facilities had previously been under investigation for a range of abuses and violations of constitutional rights of the youth.
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