Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Center for Investigative Reporting: Video Piece
This great piece by the Center for Investigative Reporting puts compelling visuals to Izzy’s story of being held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island as a teen. Recounting over 300 days in ‘the hole’ even the smallest detail is harrowing: “There are so many people that have been in that cell and their screaming…on that same gate, it smells like a bunch of breath and drool.”
REPORT: Creating Opportunity for Families
Our friends at the Annie E. Casey Foundation have released a new report, aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty with a two generation approach—serving the needs of children and parents simultaneously. This includes finding family-supporting jobs for parents, access to high-quality early childhood education, and giving parents the tools to advocate for their child’s education.
Applying ACEs to Juvenile Justice
For way, way, way too long, the juvenile justice system has faced a huge roadblock to being truly ‘rehabilitative’: how to appropriately address childhood trauma. But paying attention to the number and severity of these traumatic experiences, known as adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs), gives us a huge clue as to how to give youth the services they need to truly reform their behaviors. With one in four youthful offenders having five or more ACEs, it is no wonder the punitive, standardized programs have led to poor outcomes for our kids.
A Claim of Innocence Is No Longer a Roadblock to Parole
In the past, individuals who maintained their innocence in the face of murder charges have faced what is known as the parole paradox: because maintaining innocence has been considered denial, it also prevents inmates’ cases from going up for parole. But if recent parole decisions are any indication, the tides may be turning for these innocent convicts. This article takes us through the case of recently released Freddie Cox, who was denied parole for 28 years for refusing to bend his truth.