Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings
Two steps forward, one step back really seems to be the rhythm of change for our present government. While in 2012, the Supreme Court Decision of Miller v. Alabama banned automatic life without parole for juveniles, the courts have begun sentencing kids to 60, 70, and even 90-to-life.
Respect Gap Exists Between Cops and the Juvenile Justice System
Far too often, we see our dealings with government institutions as ‘the people vs. the system,’ not realizing that ‘the system’ is in fact comprised of many disparate parts, which may be head-to-head themselves. Former Deputy Director of the North Carolina DJJ gives us some insight to the differences in perspective and respect between police and the DJJ, and how these differences may be addressed.
The School-to-Prison Pipeline: By the Numbers
Observation alone will prove that Black and Latino youth are being punished in their schools at a much higher rate and with greater consequence than their white peers. Yet when you see these numbers, the enormity of this injustice is inescapable: ‘Since the 1970’s secondary school students have increased at 11 times the rate of white students.’
Hell Behind Bars: Feds Say Alabama Women’s Prison Rife With Abuse
It is truly a crime, our desensitization to stories of abuse within prisons, especially guards. But here it is, another tale of horrific misconduct, this time from the Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama. The worst part? The culture of abuse has been well known to state prison officials.