• [Family-in-Justice] Tarsha Jackson Part 2 Part 2: (Continued from yesterday’s post, which you can read here)   Trying to navigate the system that had taken her son was a nightmare for Tarsha, who was learning as she was going and struggling to make sense of the process. The uphill battle consumed an enormous amount of her limited time as a […] 2 responses October 31, 2012
  • [Family-in-Justice] Tarsha Jackson Part 1 Part 1: Tarsha Jackson had her first encounter with the juvenile justice system when her son Marquieth was just 10 years old. In his special education classroom in Harris County, Texas Marquieth received a ticket for classroom disruption. It was his first day of school and marked the beginning of what would be a decade-long […] No responses October 30, 2012
  • The Short List 10/26/12 Eugene Jarecki, documentary filmmaker, interviewed on the Daily Show about his film ‘The House I Live In,’ the failure of America’s war on drugs, and the over-incarceration of black Americans. “The drug war has made it that the non-violent in this country are put in jail in this country very often for longer sentences than the […] No responses October 26, 2012
  • Juvenile in Justice on the cover of the SB Independent, in the NY Times, Washington Post, and more! What a morning! ‘Juvenile In Justice: Jailed youths Photo Exhibit,’ written by Scott Sonner with AP has been picked up by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, CBS News and more. A little closer to home,  Tyler Hayden’s interview with Richard made the cover of the SB Independent. PHEW! Both articles […] 3 responses October 25, 2012
  • Juvenile In Justice on Newsweek/Daily Beast This week, Newsweek/Dailybeast ran a feature “In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System.” The article, by Eliza Shapiro, is another great example of how the mainstream media is becoming more aware of the issue of over-incarceration of youth in the U.S.  [superquote] Despite more attention and advocacy, Ross says his time inside […] No responses October 25, 2012
  • Props 34 & 36 To our friends in California — there are two propositions in the upcoming election that are CRUCIAL to criminal justice reform in our state, Props 34 and 36. In short, Prop 34 repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In terms of budget, The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates California […] No responses October 24, 2012
  • What a Secure Facility Looks Like: When an institution is classified as a ‘secure facility’ this is what that looks like. From top to bottom: Metro Youth Services in Dorchester, MA; Fulton Treatment Center in Fulton, MO and New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel, MD and their various secure set-ups. At Metro Youth Services, in the first image, the fence […] No responses October 23, 2012
  • Featured Organization: Campaign for Youth Justice Lately, we have been receiving from powerful emails from you, our readers, asking, essentially “now what?” You see the kids, you read their stories, and you want to do something: you want to make a change. So to better channel that energy we are working to turn our “Take Action Page” into a better resource […] No responses October 22, 2012
  • The Short List 10/19/12 via the NY Times: Juvenile Killers and Life Terms: a Case in Point by Ethan Bronner In the wake of the Supreme Court Ruling to ban mandatory life without parole sentences for youth, Ethan Bronner focuses on the families of victims whose killers are now petitioning for a new hearing. via Mother Jones: No Way […] No responses October 19, 2012
  • Restrained This youth is being transported from MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon to Hillcrest Youth Correctional. For the journey, his ankles and his wrists are cuffed. He also wears a belt around his waist to which the handcuffs are fastened to further restrict movement. MacLaren Youth Correctional is state run by the Oregon Youth […] No responses October 17, 2012
  • [Family-in-Justice] Marquetta Harrison and her son Corey Last month we received an email from Marquetta Harrison, from Kansas City, Missouri, wanting to tell her story. In July of 2010, her son Corey Webb, then age 16, was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant—a crime for which he was sentenced to 50 years. In emails with Marquetta, it is clear that […] 6 responses October 15, 2012
  • The Short List 10/12/12 From the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, a report: Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States   Yesterday, the ACLU and HRW released their latest report “Growing up Locked Down,” which tells of young people under the age of 18 being held in solitary confinement in […] No responses October 12, 2012