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Family Sues After Teen Girl Dies in Juvenile Detention

They say Gynnya McMillen, 16, was put in a martial-arts hold

(Newser) - The family of a teenager who died in a Kentucky detention center is suing jail and state officials, saying the girl was restrained with a martial arts technique for refusing to remove her hoodie and then left to die in her cell, the AP reports. Kentucky's Department of Juvenile... More »

For Teen Killers, Iowa Bans Life Without Parole

Court says they should have a chance for rehabilitation

(Newser) - Life without parole is now off the table for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder in Iowa, reports the AP . In a 4-3 ruling Friday, the state Supreme Court says such sentences equal cruel and unusual punishment because predicting young people's "future prospects for maturation and rehabilitation" is impossible... More »

Mystery Thickens Around Gynnya McMillen's Death

The teenager died earlier this month in a juvenile detention center in Kentucky

(Newser) - The morning after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was brought to the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Louisville, Ky., she was found alone in her cell, dead. It's been almost two weeks, but neither local nor state officials are going public with any information regarding how she died, reports CBS... More »

Judge Frees 3 Kids Locked Up for Refusing to See Dad

They're going to summer camp instead

(Newser) - A judge has released three siblings who spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father. Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father. She held a hearing yesterday, three days after... More »

Teens Escape Detention Center —Twice in Week

Video shows juveniles may have assaulted a staff member

(Newser) - A violent disturbance broke out involving more than 20 teens at the same Nashville juvenile detention center where 32 escaped earlier this week. About 28 teens—some of whom had also escaped during Monday's massive breakout—were involved in the latest incident that began last night, a rep for... More »

Private Guards Watch Teen Criminal Around the Clock

German authorities find unusual solution for kid too young for jail

(Newser) - German authorities are dealing with a criminal so prolific and unrepentant that he warrants his own set of private security guards to watch him seven days a week. Also, he just turned 14. The Local picks up on a report in the German newspaper Bild about the unusual case: As... More »

Builder of 'Kids for Cash' Jails Headed to Jail Himself

Judge goes over prosecutor's recommended sentence

(Newser) - How long will you spend in prison for paying a judge to send thousands of kids to juvenile detention? In developer Robert Mericle's case, the answer is one year. Mericle and a lawyer paid more than $2 million in "finder's fees" to a pair of judges to... More »

Steubenville Teen Released

Ma'lik Richmond released from juvenile detention after less than year

(Newser) - The Steubenville rape case is far from over for four school officials , but one chapter has ended for one of the teens convicted in the August 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl. Ma'lik Richmond was released from an Ohio juvenile detention facility yesterday after less than a year there,... More »

Boy, 11, Brought 400 Rounds of Ammo to School: Cops

Child has been arrested

(Newser) - A pretty jarring story out of Washington state, where an 11-year-old boy was last night arrested and faces an attempted murder charge following the police discovery of a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives at a Vancouver, Wash., middle school. No one was hurt in the... More »

Female Guards at Juvenile Jails Sexually Abuse Boys

Federal report estimates 8 to 10% of young prisoners report rape

(Newser) - A new federal study spotted by Pro Publica flips the usual expectations in regard to the sexual abuse of vulnerable youth by authority figures. In this case, it's female guards at juvenile detention facilities preying on young males who have been locked up. The new study by the Justice... More »

Pope Broke Rules, Washed Women's Feet

Francis first pope ever to do so

(Newser) - The new pope has already done something none of his predecessors ever did: Yesterday, as he washed the feet of youths in a detention center, he included two young women—thereby violating liturgical rules, the AP reports. One of the women, the Telegraph notes, was a Muslim. "The pope'... More »

Pope Francis Washes Young Inmates' Feet

Symbolic act normally performed on lay people at basilica

(Newser) - Pope Francis took yet another step to burnish his "humble pope" image today, washing the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center near Rome. While it's traditional for the pope to wash some feet on Maundy Thursday in a symbolic recreation of Jesus doing the same... More »

The 'Secret' of US Prisons: Teens Thrown in Solitary

Juveniles are protected there, but suffer psychologically

(Newser) - When juveniles are kept in adult jails and prisons, many are placed in solitary confinement for their own safety—but that can amount to psychological torture, experts tell NBC News . Imprisoned kids talk "about being in a cell alone, the size of a parking space, the size of an... More »

Rehab Can Save Steubenville Rapists

Irin Carmon: It usually works with juvenile sex offenders

(Newser) - When the Steubenville verdict came in, one of the two convicted teens said in the courtroom that his life was over, notes the New Yorker . Many of his critics would agree, using the conventional wisdom that sex offenders can't be rehabilitated. But at Salon , Irin Carmon makes the case... More »

12-Year-Old Convicted for Murder of Neo-Nazi Dad

Jeff Hall's hate group affiliation not a motive

(Newser) - A California judge today found a 12-year-old boy guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of his father, who was a leader in the neo-Nazi movement. The boy, who isn't being named due to his age, shot his father, 32-year-old Jeff Hall, in the head when he was 10.... More »

Suspected Teen Rape Victim Jailed

'She's a victim, not a criminal,' says her lawyer

(Newser) - A 17-year-old suspected rape victim is being held in a California juvenile detention facility to ensure that she'll show up to testify against her attacker. She failed to turn up at a preliminary hearing for her suspected assailant, forcing prosecutors to refile the case. “The last thing we... More »

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