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Why Juvenile Detention Makes Teens Worse

Parents have always warned teenagers against falling in with the wrong crowd, those kids they consider bad influences. Now a new study of juvenile detention in...

Texas Eases 'Zero-Tolerance' Laws

The stories of children who have been suspended for violations of zero-tolerance school policies are legion and often involve absurd situations. Take the...

Getting the Juvenile-Justice System to Grow Up

If it's not the biggest scandal in American legal history, many are calling it at least the darkest day for the country's troubled juvenile-justice system. For...

Knives Out for Rick Perry Pre-Campaign

The political news hole situated between Washington’s debt deal and the run-up to Iowa’s straw poll is being filled up by stories on the Texas governor in part...

Can Your Name Make You a Criminal?

In the Shel Silverstein–penned Johnny Cash hit "A Boy Named Sue," a father explains that he gave his son so improbable a name because "I knew you'd have to get...

Taking the Alternate Route

What happens to kids who misbehave so badly they get kicked out of public school? It used to be they disappeared from view and then limped through life without a...

John Ashcroft's Dubious Pen Pal

Nearly three years ago, as Sen. John Ashcroft was considering a run for the presidency, he composed a hand-written thank-you note to a man many politicians would...

Lock 'Em Up!

A white kid sells a bag of cocaine at his suburban high school. A Latino kid does the same in his inner-city neighborhood. Both get caught. Both are first-time...

In Brief: Nov. 29, 1999

UNMARRIED WITH CHILDREN A new U.S. Census Bureau study indicates that marriage is becoming increasingly irrelevant to parenthood. In the first half of the...