Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
ACLU: Prison Profiteers
With so much strife, suffering, and isolation plaguing our prison system, the idea that someone actually benefits from it is sickening. But unless we find out who is winning from this losing game and how, they will continue to reap their corrupt profits. The ACLU’s Prison Profiteers website hosts a wealth of information (pun reluctantly intended) about who is gaining in the Prison-Industrial Complex, and even better, it comes to us in video format.
READ MORE: https://www.aclu.org/prison-profiteers
San Quentin Prisoners Share Life Lessons
Serving a sentence in San Quentin gives you quite a bit of time to think about…well, everything. Business Insider found answers to the question, “What is the most important life lesson you have learned up to this point?” from current inmates. We just wish we could hear from more of them.
Florida School District Trying to Curb School-to-Prison Pipeline
A step in the right direction: one Florida school district, after over 1,000 school-related arrests in 2010 and 2011, is making a conscious effort to cut off the school-to-prison pipeline. Now, instead of calling the police, new programs that keeps kids in the classroom or provide counseling are helping drive the number school arrests way, way down.
My Rehab: Coming of Age in Purgatory
We often look at methods of punishment and rehabilitation from the past and think, “Who the @#$! imagined this could fix someone?” Reading Kevin Heldman’s story of his experience as a teen in a ‘therapeutic community,’ that thought is impossible to fight…but it happened only 3 decades ago.