• Children of the Abyss By Jason Sexton It was the end of an era. But one that must be told. I watched it growing up in Tracy, a California prison town. Older guys would leave for prison. Bay Area rappers spoke of being brought up middle-class yet catching cases, doing “lock-down” in Preston. Fast juvenile crime and doing time earned […] June 9, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 8-1-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. States of Incarceration: The Global Context Ever wondered if your state’s incarceration rate was above or below the national average, or how it compared to other nations? The Prison Policy Initiative has crunched all the numbers for […] August 1, 2014
  • 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 […] November 5, 2012
  • Comparative Uniforms Both sets of juveniles in the images above are in residential treatment programs. Missouri (top) allows them to dress in casual clothing; Massachusetts (below) has them wearing scarlet jump suits. December 16, 2011