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

Juvenile Justice Center Teens Get Up-Close Look at City Jobs

A breath of fresh air comes our way from Corpus Christi, Texas! Youth from the juvenile justice center were given a tour of City Hall, met Mayor Nelda Martinez, and discussed pursuing jobs for the city with the human resources department. Ideally, this would be how we inspire all kids who have fallen of the beaten path. Activities like this set youth up to look forward to their futures. Even better? This shows kids that adults don’t expect them to be screw-ups for life; it shows them their lives aren’t meant to be spent in cinderblock cells.

READ MORE: http://www.kristv.com/news/juvenile-justice-center-teens-get-up-close-look-at-city-jobs/

New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice System

DeBlasio’s plan holds tremendous potential—can you imagine an American justice system that separates mental illness and the disease of addiction from criminality? The proposal lays out a four-year plan allocating $130 million to “break the revolving door of arrest, incarceration, and release.” We like the talk…now let’s see if NYC can walk the walk.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/nyregion/new-york-city-to-expand-health-services-for-mentally-ill-inmates.html?_r=0

Indians in Juvenile Detention Get Incarceration, But No Rehabilitation

If you thought juvenile detention facilities were generally unfit to rehabilitate kids, wait until you here about the experiences of Native American youth in BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) detention facilities. Most of these facilities have no educational programming—literally. Beyond that, severe funding issues and facilities not being up to code result in youth being sent hundreds of miles away to serve their sentences, something which has been proven severely detrimental to the rehabilitation process.

READ MORE: http://readingeagle.com/article/20141129/AP/311299636

Advocacy Groups Make Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Seven juvenile justice organizations (many of which we have worked with) teamed up to make a statement about the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, and it is 100% spot on: “…our system has forfeited large numbers of youth of color, allowing the dehumanization of black and brown boys to determine whether and how we help youth in need and punish those who have harmed their communities. The decision in Ferguson demonstrates that in too many places, we do not value the lives of black and brown boys.”

READ MORE: http://jjie.org/advocacy-groups-make-statement-on-ferguson-grand-jury-decision/107997/

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

While Obama’s immigration plan is set to provide relief for millions, the labeleing of individuals as good or bad within the undocumented community is extremely problematic. Distinguishing that ‘a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids’ deserves relief and those with criminal records or involved with gangs do not poses major problems as to how we perceive people, especially in communities of color. Think about it: there are plenty of moms doing everything to provide for their children, who may have also slipped in the eyes of the law, or are involved in a gang due to necessity.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abraham-paulos/people-with-felonies-crim_b_6228310.html?utm_hp_ref=prisonhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/abraham-paulos/people-with-felonies-crim_b_6228310.html?utm_hp_ref=prison

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