Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
RECOMMENDED: Cuomo’s Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals
If only everything written about the juvenile justice system could be this relevant, timely, and telling. We know that community-based alternatives are the most promising place for our at-risk youth. But how are these programs implemented and what are the specific roadblocks to making community-based practices successful? This article discusses everything from going AWOL to school credits to the reality of the promised savings.
Holder Endorses Proposal to Reduce Drug Sentences
Attorney General Eric Holder has publicly testified in support of changing federal sentencing guidelines that could reduce a drug dealer’s average sentence by almost a year. While this news comes on the coattails of a few promising statements from the DOJ, the debate is still heated, and the legislation’s dissenters are still talking about these changes as “rewarding convicted felons with lighter sentences because America can’t balance its budget.”
Louisiana Inmate on Death Row For Nearly 30 Years Released From Prison
30 years of a man’s life, stolen. This is the case of Glenn Ford, the most recent inmate to be exonerated from Angola’s death row, and the longest-serving death row inmate to be exonerated in Louisiana. We are certainly thankful that justice was reached, but a death row exoneration is not a cause for celebration. It is a reminder of the heavy price of human err in the courtroom—one that demands serious reflection.
Education Reform Has Worked For Mass.; It’s Time For the Next Round
Setting the tone for public education reform, the changes Massachusetts has made in the last few years are getting results: better math scores, more four-year grads, and a dramatic 2.7% plunge in the state’s dropout rate between 2011 and 2013 alone. What we can learn: “The impressive success of the Lawrence schools gives the lie to the frequently heard complaint that education professionals are being scapegoated for intractable problems that low-income students carry to school from their troubled homes.”