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Juvenile Justice System and Mental Health

Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellows have written, produced, and published works related to mental illnesses and reducing stigma. Relevant articles and projects completed both during and after each journalist's fellowship year may be found within the archives.

26 Dec 2005
Improving Mental Health Care in Teen Justice System

Each year, more than 1.5 million youth enter the juvenile justice system. Experts say a large percentage of these teenagers are mentally ill, but rarely receive proper treatment.
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22 Aug 2005
The system 'left me hanging,' Perry Cerf says

The last time he left state custody, Perry Cerf didn't meet with a probation or parole officer. He didn't go home to Bergenfield and talk to his mother.
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9 Feb 2005
A silent problem (Part Two of Four Parts)
Previously Bienestar talked about the experience of Ramiro Guevara, Director of the STAR Center, and his mother, Romana Guevara Martinez.
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15 Jan 2004
Angry Youths Give D.C. Council Earful

The high school sophomore said he was incredulous when he heard about a proposal that would allow delinquents and their families to be kicked out of public housing. Such a punishment, he said, would only hurt families while doing little to address why their children commit crimes.
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14 Jan 2004
Proposal Would Open D.C. Juvenile Cases
The D.C. Council is considering a proposal that would open delinquency proceedings to the general public for the first time and end a policy that has long restricted access, even by victims, to information about juvenile convictions and sentencings.
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