Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
When Congress Cut Pell Grants for Prisoners
Two decades ago, Pell grants for state and federal prison inmates were outlawed when Bill Clinton signed a provision to the 1994 omnibus crime bill. The debate is truly heated; one that hits close to home for both the student who can’t afford a college education and the prisoner who is told to change his ways but given no opportunities to help him do so. When you look at the numbers, however, it is tough to say that prisoners should be denied these grants to further their education.
School-to-Prison Pipeline Squeezed in Court, in Class, on the Street
The School-to-Prison Pipeline is facing a serious threat from all angles of its ugly path, from schools acknowledging their own racist practices to changes is the legislature. While it is great to acknowledge these accomplishments and witness the momentum gained in attacking this issue, we cannot rest: there is enormous work to be done.
Measure for Measure
It is not only what this article tells its readers, but what it asks of them, that makes it truly thought-provoking: “Can asking better questions reduce America’s prison population?” The short answer is yes—the long one will take you to a world of possibilities. Upon reading this article, we hope you will take a few moments to ponder the current status quo in measuring ‘justice.’