Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.

‘Your Body’s Not Free, But Your Mind Is’

A truly inspiring organization, with measurable results. The Free Minds Book Club puts books and pencils in the hands of juveniles sent to adult prisons, giving them membership to a community that follows through with their promises. Though some are skeptical of books’ power to change the perspective of convicted criminals, Free Minds knows: ‘books are really another way of living.’

READ MORE: http://jjie.org/your-bodys-not-free-but-your-mind-is/

Giving Victims a Voice: Restorative Justice

In recent years, the U.K. has shown willingness to explore the power of restorative justice much more zealously than the U.S. Returning to a system that includes the victim in the criminal justice process has many benefits…some of which may surprise you.

WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrEApuJ-DTE

How Poverty Impacts Students’ Test Scores, In 4 Graphs

A student’s performance in grade school greatly influences self-image, goals for the future, and the likelihood of becoming another drop in the School-to-Prison Pipeline. These 4 graphs provide some insight as to the effects of poverty on test scores, and how our education system fails to give kids who come from poverty the education necessary to pull them out of it.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/19/poverty-test-scores_n_4298345.html?utm_hp_ref=education

Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools

Ok, the lack of funding in our public schools is not exactly news. But if we are to bring any kind of change about, we must stay informed on what is happening in this arena [which in turn leads to staying angry at this intolerable system.] How can we expect kids to stay on the straight and narrow if they aren’t guaranteed basic knowledge of reading, writing, or even a desk in the classroom?!

READ MORE: http://www.npr.org/2013/11/21/246193561/kids-pay-the-price-in-fight-over-fixing-philadelphia-schools

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