Since the 1990s, teen pregnancy in the United States has declined 42 percent. The teen birth rate is down 52 percent. Both have reached historic lows. Downward trends span all 50 states and all racial and ethnic groups. Yet teen pregnancy, abortion and birth rates in the United States for teens age 15 to 19 remain among the highest in the industrialized world. Three in 10 girls will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday.
Jan. 31 webinar: 2013 voting and election law enactments
Did voting laws change in 2013? Yes, indeed they did. Almost 300 new laws were enacted by state legislatures last year! In this brief 30-minute webinar at 2 p.m. ET, Jan. 31, hear what topics were hot, what topics were not, and what states took actions unlike any others. A few hints: online voter registration, voter ID and election crimes were the top three categories. Be prepared with tales from your state—the chat box will be open.
2013 state juvenile justice legislation
State juvenile justice legislation in 2013 focused on changing waiver and transfer laws, raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, sentencing reforms, community based alternatives to incarceration and the importance of mental health evaluations.