Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
These 32 People Are Spending Their Lives in Prison for Nonviolent Crimes
Meet a small number of the 3,000+ individuals that have been sentenced to die in prison…for committing a nonviolent crime. If you have any glimmer of doubt as to whether or not these people deserve the punishment they are enduring, read their stories.
Sweden Closes Four Prisons as Number of Inmates Plummets
CLOSING prisons?! To our jaded minds, this sounds like the stuff of lore, about as likely as the discovery of unicorns. In Sweden, though, this is a reality. With a 6% decrease in inmates from 2011-2012, it is clear the Swedes are doing something right—something we need to emulate.
Lessons on the School-to-Prison Pipeline, From the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Through showing clips of beloved 90’s TV shows and movies, a new video from the Advancement Project demonstrates how excessive our present school punishment policies are. We aren’t saying every kid should get the chance to Bueller their way through high school without consequences; we just know they don’t deserve to be treated like a criminal for typical adolescent behavior.
Criminal Justice: American Oubliette
This economist article gives us some perspective on precisely how ludicrous our sentencing laws have become. Shining a light on mandatory minimums, pseudo-life sentences, and the severe lack of legal resources, they add that “Even Charles Manson, a multiple murderer, is allowed to apply for parole…Mr Jackson, a petty thief, does not.”
For Their Own Protection’: Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement
Michael Kemp, held in solitary confinement for six months at 17, equates holding an inmate in isolation with ‘trying to kill their spirit even more.’ The practice has been deemed cruel and unusal punishment by the U.N.’s special rapporteur on torture. Watch the mini-doc and learn about the issues surrounding juvenile solitary confinement.