Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2011-2013
The goal: remove all youth from the adult criminal justice system. Sounds great, but how are we getting there? This new report from the Campaign for Youth Justice checks in on our national progress, state-by-state. While progress seems to move at a glacial pace, “over the last eight years, 23 states have enacted 40 pieces of legislation to reduce the prosecution of youth in adult criminal courts and end the placement of youth in adult jails and prisons.”
Why I Dropped Out
When a kid drops out of school, it is his failure but the school’s. Prison-like classrooms, vicious student interactions, and one-dimensional teaching are only some of the factors that result in student becoming a push-out. Today’s students are facing much greater challenges to keep their perfect attendance record than the term ‘dropout’ indicates; their decisions to leave school are much more than a hatred of math, science, and history.
College in Prison: ‘We’re Treated Like People’
Short and sweet, a letter from the director of the Bard Prison Initiative urging for a return to higher-ed programs in prison: ‘It was corrections’ most affordably effective tool until Congress ‘got tough’ and eliminated it.’
Federal Youth Case on Trial
A 10-year-old facing sex charges is being tried in federal court, bringing to light many questions surrounding the jurisdiction of juveniles who have committed sex crimes. Some states push formerly convicted youths to become registered sex offenders as adults—even if their crime was ‘trying constantly to hug a girl.’ Among the many arguments in this debate lies the fact that hurt people hurt people. Most of these young ‘perpetrators’ have themselves been sexually victimized in some way.