Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice
The social and psychological costs of juvenile incarceration are so massive I’m not sure one could ever truly calculate their sum—especially for the most marginalized in our society. The straw that breaks the camels back, though? The direct financial burden juvenile incarceration places on families, from ankle bracelets to public defenders, investigation fees to restitution.
VIDEO: Why Was a 9-Year-Old Thrown in Adult Jail?
In May of 2013 a nine-year-old girl was handcuffed, and taken downtown by Portland police for getting into a fight at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Almost a year later, the mother speaks of her daughter’s lasting shame, sadness, and humiliation that prompted her switching schools. All the police have to say is that it’s part of their standard procedure…
Strengthening Families Affected By Incarceration
It is no secret that kids with an incarcerated parent face steep challenges in their lives, and Minnesota is taking a step to do more for their future success. Governor Mark Dayton has named May 8th “Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Day.” We hope the state will lead the way by helping provide resources for those who fill in during parents’ absence and enacting policy—especially with visitation statutes.
Turning Over a New Leaf: Italian Prisoners Will Get Their Sentences Reduced By Three Days for Every Book They Read While In Jail
Imagine if prisoners in the U.S. could reduce the amount of time they served by educating themselves and expanding their worlds…to our jaded ears, it sounds too good to be true. But in Italy, a new program is being implemented that will allow inmates serving over six months to take time off for consuming the written word.