Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
What Is This Child Doing in Prison?
The story of Jane Doe has been making national headlines, as it should. A transgender youth being held in solitary confinement in adult prison, she has been abandoned, abused, raped and tortured by family and peers her whole life. Her story perfectly illustrates the entangled problems our society has exacerbated with neglect and blame—problems of victimization, reaction and survival, punishment, and healing.
The Intersection of Love and Loss: Confronting Youth Incarceration
This amazingly intimate image series follows one family, and more specifically two brothers, over the course of two years as they deal with instability and incarceration in their young lives.
How Conservatives Learned to Love Prison Reform
It seemed to happen overnight: one day, Republicans woke up to realize that prison reform would compliment, not contradict, their agenda. In fact, this has been a slow progression over the last ten years, as detailed in the article. While they still maintain critiques of how liberals approach the issue, their financial logic is completely solid and we are excited to see so many prominent Republicans on the side of justice.
Segregation 2.0: America’s School-to-Prison Pipeline
Yes, this is another article about the school-to-prison pipeline. Yes, I know you’ve heard of it. This article is worth the read, though, because of the incredible contrast the author points out between today and when Brown v Board was passed: ‘Brown may have put an end to de jure segregation, but the school-to-prison pipeline is once again teaching children of color that they are indeed separate, and certainly not equal.’