Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Juvenile Justice: How Prosecutors in Florida Gained Incredible Power Over the Fate of Juveniles
This insightful articles gives the reader a play-by-play of the events that gave sentencing power over to prosecutors in Florida. By examining one state, the specific politics of the issue emerge: juvenile crime’s effect on tourism played a huge role in motivating policy change.
Study Puts Exonerations at Record Level in U.S.
Admitting you were wrong is always a difficult task, even more so for those representing a system acting as national gatekeeper of justice. While in a perfect world exoneration would be unnecessary, it is a sign of healthy reflection that steps are being taken to right the wrongs of the justice system
Since the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture announced extended solitary confinement to be a human rights violation in 2011, we have seen little decline in use of the practice throughout the United States. This new piece of legislation would limit executive days spent in solitary confinement to a maximum of 15 days in the state of New York.
Lawmakers Consider Bills on Cell Phones in Prison
When it comes to the presence of cell phones in prisons, authorities assume they are used by shot-calling gang lords. In truth, many prisoners use the contraband to call their lawyers and loved ones. Lawmakers in Maryland are now pushing for harsher punishments for those smuggling or possessing cell phones, but what real benefit will these laws have?
Phoning From Prison, at Prices Through the Roof
Across the nation, prisoners and their families are charged through the roof for a few minutes of conversation with their loved ones. In Alameda County, families are charged as much as $12.75 for a 15-minute phonecall. Not only does this burden bank accounts, it creates even more obstacles for inmates trying to maintain healthy relationships while in prison.