Parents Forced to Pay for Their Kids' Jail Time Are Getting Refunds
In California, families were billed for their kids' incarceration—even when they were innocent. Now some of them are getting checks in the mail.
Will America Stop Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement?
Long-term isolation is rapidly losing ground as an accepted practice in the world of juvenile corrections. But for youth advocates, ending solitary will take more work.
If Kids Ran Juvie
A sampling of suggestions from young people on how to run juvenile detention centers in America.
Life as a Young, Indigenous, A-Class Offender in Australia
VICE Australia follows the rapper Briggs inside a maximum security juvenile justice center to get a look into the lives of Indigenous Australian juvenile offenders.
Incarcerated and In Tune: Some Australian Prisoners Have Made a Musical
It's dark, but not persistently so. It's sometimes funny, but there's nothing laughable about it.
asia & pacific
Singapore Teen Who Insulted Former Leader Held in Mental Institution Pending Sentencing
As human rights campaigners call for Amos Yee's release, his defiance and brashness have led the authorities to speculate wildly on the underlying causes of his behavior.
How Germany Treats Young Criminals
In Neustrelitz Prison, administrators emphasize therapy and eschew the retributive impulse that has defined American justice for decades. Inmates even have rabbits and horses to look after.
Florida Is by Far the Worst State for Kids Up Against the Law
The spring-break capital of the world is really harsh on minors who get into legal trouble.
Here's What Happened When Texas Started Locking Up Fewer Juveniles
A decline in the state's youth incarceration led to lower overall juvenile crime rates — findings that could spur Texas lawmakers to further rein in the remnants of a sprawling system.
Solitary Confinement Is Being Rebranded in US Prisons
The term “solitary confinement,” with its tainted connotation, is off-brand for an institution trying to gloss the image of juveniles.