Sunday, December 18, 2005

Hidden Criminals

Would you let your child sleep over at a friend's house if you knew a convicted rapist lived there? I should hope not. But if the rapist was convicted as a juvenile, Kentucky residents and people in 14 other states, where felony delinquency cases are never open to the public, would have no way of knowing, Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. In "Closed Courts Hide Crimes from Public," Wolfson examines the growing call to lift the secrecy from juvenile court cases with powerful examples and a strong analysis of what different states do. I was impressed with how fairly he presented both sides of this touchy topic.


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