Latest Youth violence News

NC justices: Young offenders are parole-eligible at 40 years

Jun. 17, 2022 23:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Juvenile offenders in North Carolina sentenced to long prison terms for deadly and violent crimes must be eligible for parole after 40 years behind bars, a sharply divided state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. In a pair of cases involving youths who committed...

More youth gun violence: Toddler shot in head in St. Louis

Jun. 11, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 1-year-old girl was shot in the head and 23-year-old man was shot in the chest Friday night in the city's Fairground neighborhood. The toddler’s condition was not known and the wounded man was “barely conscious but breathing," police...

In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult US courts

Jun. 06, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

David Harrington spent a tense eight months in a Philadelphia jail when he was a teenager — the result of a robbery charge in 2014 that automatically sent his case to the adult court system under state law. Only 16 at the time, he said he got into fights and spent time in...

Police arrest juvenile in killing of 20-year-old man

May. 14, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Wilmington police have charged a 17-year-old juvenile with murder in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man. Police said Uquan Davis was shot on May 5 in Wilmington's Browntown neighborhood. On Friday, police attempted to stop a stolen...

Connecticut lawmakers, in night of normalcy, wrap up session

May. 05, 2022 00:33 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers closed out the 2022 legislative session Wednesday night after passing juvenile crime reforms, limits on marijuana advertising and making Juneteenth a state holiday, while also expressing gratitude that things were getting back to normal after two years...

NC program explores causes of violence to help at-risk youth

Apr. 11, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mekayla Rodgers says she understands that without the Juvenile Court Intervention Program, she’d be “in the streets” or “locked up.” After two stints in juvenile detention, the 18-year-old Rodgers decided to make changes in her life and set goals...

Juvenile lifer seeks reprieve amid broader push for leniency

Apr. 09, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Shortly after Riley Briones Jr. arrived in federal prison, he cut his long, braided hair in a symbolic death of his old self. As a leader of a violent gang and just shy of 18, Briones drove the getaway car in a robbery turned deadly on the Salt River-Pima...