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Today, the Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic or racial minority group in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Yet, experts say their presence in the juvenile justice system is severely underreported. Read more»

A federal appeals court said the life sentence that Riley Briones Jr. received for gang-related crimes he committed while a juvenile needs to be reviewed, in light of a Supreme Court ruling that such sentences should apply to only the “rarest” cases of minors who cannot be rehabilitated.

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible. Read more»

Without the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, kids who get in trouble would lose help they can’t get from probation departments in their home counties, the agency’s director told lawmakers Monday. Read more»