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

Because I’m 16…

New York is one of only two states in the union that continues to prosecute 16 and 17 year olds as adults.  This video, created by Judge Michael A. Corriero and students at the New York Center for Juvenile Justice, puts the law into perspective.

Florida Senator Pushes for Abusive Youth Prison Company To Face Hearing

We love when the people who are supposed to advocate for our rights actually take initiative to correct an injustice. On the 10th, Darren Soto did just that by writing to his fellow Floridian congress members to request a hearing on the abusive practices of Youth Services International, a private youth prison company known for its malpractice.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/youth-services-international-hearing_n_4420674.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Impasse On Justice Reform For Young Adults

Changing juvenile justice laws is a complicated affair, and this is especially true when two bills aiming amend one law—regarding which kids are tried as adults—are under consideration. Without much thought, this would seem like a positive thing: many people are trying to combat an issue. In reality, the existence of two bills threatens the chance of either one passing.

READ MORE: http://www.thenewyorkworld.com/2013/12/09/justice-reform/

Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s

A mysterious manuscript, found at an estate sale in Rochester, has been discovered as a memoir of an incarcerated African-American man in the 1850’s. This text is significant, not only is it among a very small group of African-American memoirs of the time, but it brings to light “the deep connection between the history of slavery and the history of incarceration.”

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/books/prison-memoir-of-a-black-man-in-the-1850s.html

Racial Inequality Costs U.S. Trillions

“When people face barriers to achieving their full potential, the loss of talent, creativity, energy, and productivity is a burden not only for those disadvantaged, but for communities, businesses, governments, and the economy as a whole.” Now that’s deep.

READ MORE: http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2013/11/05/racial-inequality-costs-u-s-trillions/

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