It takes more than “liking” on Facebook.
Are you interested in participating more intimately with your community on juvenile justice issues? Calling together a group of friends or colleagues to discuss a local issue or case can help generate much needed attention for otherwise overlooked juvenile injustice.
If you are not able to gather around an active juvenile case or issue, organizing a book club on the topic can strengthen the community voice on juvenile justice.
Below are two books worth reading together—or alone—on issues both broad and specific.
Burning Down the House
With one in three American children being arrested by age 23, it has become incredibly clear that the juvenile justice is in need of some serious love.
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison provides a poignant crash-course that illuminates the cracks in an aging, prejudicial juvenile justice system. With increasingly harsh practices of solitary confinement and verbal abuse, it’s time that people get a comprehensive dose of the reality of the justice system.
How Long Will I Cry?
In 2011 and 2012, more than 900 people were murdered on Chicago streets. Students from DePaul University set out to interview all those whose lives were changed by the killings.
How Long Will I Cry? eagerly shares first hand accounts that achieve philosophical and poetic status.
Check out the stories on Medium.