• The Short List 11/30/12 via the Smithsonian Magazine: “Why Mass Incarceration Defines us as a Society. ”   In 1989 Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative to provide legal representation to those denied proper representation. In the ensuing years, Stevenson has defended death row inmates and had over 75 death sentences overturned. His most recent victory, in a […] One response November 30, 2012
  • Hair and identity (part 2) Continuing off Monday’s post, a few more thoughts on hair, teenage social behaviors, and identity: Immediately below, one girl does another’s hair at Spofford Juvenile Center  in New York (now closed). I’m from Queens. I was picked up when I ran away from my group home. I’ve done that a lot. There’s too much drama […] 3 responses November 28, 2012
  • Hair and Identity We are all born with approximately 150,000 hair follicles, which, depending on our genes, bud into black or brown or blonde or curly or frizzy or straight locks. How we shape and style our strands is key to how we perceive ourselves… and how we compose ourselves to be perceived by those around us. This […] 2 responses November 26, 2012
  • Hiding (part 2) I’m in the 9th grade. I originally had 16 charges of armed robbery, which was eventually dropped to seven. I’m also charged with attempted murder. I’ve never been in jail or juvie before this. I’ve been at TGK for three weeks… My mom, step dad and my little sister visit me here. I don’t know […] 5 responses November 21, 2012
  • Hiding I am on lock down for fighting. I was in the other unit, but they moved me here with the older kids. I am not out much anyway. They will move me to gen pop in a couple of days. -J.R, age 15, at Ferris School in Delaware. Kids escape institutions in many ways. Not […] 3 responses November 19, 2012
  • The Short List 11/16/12 via the New York Times: “After the Violence the Rest of Their Lives” We know this is from November 5th… but it’s such a good read and just in case you missed it… The article is about a research project that has closely followed for two decades the lives over 1,800 youths who grew up […] One response November 16, 2012
  • Prison Life – guest post by Grace Bauer, co-director of Justice for Families Prison is a world I have a hard time understanding.  As a society we make a lot of assumptions about prison, prisoners and anything having to do with those that are incarcerated.  It may surprise you to know but most of those assumptions are dead wrong! I am the mother of a son who has […] 9 responses November 14, 2012
  • Juvenile In Justice in the Guardian UK This last Saturday the Guardian ran a six-page piece on the work in their weekend edition. See the entire spread below, or Download a PDF here. Also, visit the Guardian online to see “Children behind bars: US young offenders interactive.” Big thanks to the marvelous Kate Edwards, picture editor, for her dedication in bringing this […] No responses November 13, 2012
  • A visit to Red Hook Edward “Eddie” Figueroa, Director at Red Hook Residential Center, refers to the children under his care as “fallen angels.” Originally from Puerto Rico, Eddie has been at Red Hook for 29 years. He refers to the center as a sanctuary, “the hip term,” he tells me.  At the time of the visit, there were 22 […] 5 responses November 12, 2012
  • The Short List 11/9/12 via the Beyond Bars campaign: a new video from the Safekeepers video series From the video description: “Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.” When he noticed that all of his team’s drug raids were in black areas, he suggested doing the same in the suburbs. His […] No responses November 9, 2012
  • Get on my (eye) level I am a six-foot-tall white male. In the last six years of this project I have learned how key it is, when I am engaging with a child in custody, to give all the power in the conversation to that child. I have learned to neutralize the authority of my age, height, and race by […] 3 responses November 7, 2012
  • The “McDonaldization” of Justice Between 1925 to 1974, the U.S had an incarceration rate between 90 and 150 per 100,000 people.  Today, that rate is seven times that. Researcher Matthew DeMichele, Ph.D and Postdoctoral Scholar at the Penn State Justice Center, likens our current justice system to fast-food restaurants, “in which quality goes out the window, and quantity takes […] 5 responses November 5, 2012