Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
The Sister of Second Chances
We are at a loss for words. The monumental work that Hour Children has accomplished in supporting and rehabilitating incarcerated mothers and their children is nothing short of miraculous. And it’s all been thanks to Sister Tesa (short for Teresa—any coincidence there?), who founded the organization and helped it flourish into an altruistic empire: whole apartment buildings, a day care center, a job-training program, a group home, a food pantry—and much, much more.
Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk of Violent Death As Adults
If there were ever research that speaks to the inability of our justice system to rehabilitate youth and show them the road to a productive life, this is it: “Delinquent youths from every demographic group died at significantly higher rates than their peers from the Chicago area. And their death rates were nearly twice those of combat troops in wartime Iraq and Afghanistan, the researchers say.”
In a Maryland Jail, Teens Charged As Adults Face Isolation and Neglect
We know that in order to house kids in adult prisons, they must be separated from the population “for their own protection”—in isolation cells. Rarely do we hear the words of the youth subjected to isolation in adult prison, as this article lets us. While it is obvious that having juveniles among the general population promises no improvement, it highlights an important fact: if teens cannot be housed with the adult general population, why are they being tried by the same standards as adults?
VIDEO: Why are Kids Getting Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
A great video by the ACLU revealing the humanity of those we’ve sentenced as juvenile to die in prison. It makes a great point too: if it’s cruel and unusual, how are we letting the practice continue?
Rand Paul Tackles Racist Drug Laws
Let’s just say it: we have no way of knowing if this is really Rand Paul or just a tactical GOP maneuver to get more minorities voting red. When it comes down to it, though, we are happy to see a Republican talking to his party about race and inequality in the juvenile justice system. Reflecting on our own biases, we know the right will better hear the message when it comes from an insider.