Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
Seeking Exposé, Students End Up in Handcuffs
Two high school journalists from West Islip High School were investigating school security when they entered a neighboring high school and were apprehended by security guards and ultimately arrested and charged with trespassing. As the New York Times writes in it’s reportage of the incident, “…the article was quashed, and [the young journalists] wound up with a grown-up lesson in the consequences of testing nerves in a post-Newtown-massacre world.”
‘Sesame Street’ Incarceration Kit Helps Families Cope With America’s Prison Epidemic (VIDEO)
Sesame Street has long brought controversial issues into living rooms in an effort to help pre-schoolers understand complex issues such as AIDS, divorce, and sexual identity. Last week they rolled out their latest issue, incarceration, as an educational kit titled “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.” Critics are mixed, some applauding Sesame Street for being open with the issue of mass incarceration and some seeing it as a band-aid on a massive problem.
Deported Without Her Children – Alicia’s Story
Human Rights Watch’s immigrants’ rights researcher Grace Meng says that she brings tissues with her everywhere. Meng met Alicia in a Tijuana shelter, where she learned that Alicia has not seen her daughters in two and a half years after being deported while her children remained in the U.S. Alicia is among countless parents and mothers who have been deported from the U.S for not having proper documentation. Meng, an immigrant herself, writes, “How we balance regulating and controlling our borders, while still treating people humanely and with dignity, is a complex and vexing question that has not been answered definitively in any country.”
READ MORE: http://www.hrw.org/node/116415
Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea
A new paper by economists is getting mainstream coverage for demonstrating, as the Washington Post writes, “strong evidence that juvenile detention is a really counterproductive strategy.” The researchers looked at the court system in Chicago, Illinois where they found that certain judges were more inclined to put kids in detention than others. The researchers then found that those kids who did end up in detention were “13 percentage points less likely to graduate high school and 22 percentage points more likely to end up back in prison as adults” than kids who went home.