[Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.][/vc_column_text] [blank_spacer height=”10px” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [box title=”Cory Booker and Rand Paul Team Up On Criminal Justice Reform” type=”coloured” pb_margin_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]
Tuesday will beckon the introduction of the REDEEM Act, proposed legislation that will take on several aspects of criminal justice reform. Both kids and adults in the system would benefit from these changes, with possibly the greatest change in facilitating reintegration into society. In a big twist, Rand Paul went even a step further with his reform crusade as-of-late, supporting the restoration of access to government support for low-level drug offenders.
It might not be your first choice for a summer beach read, but if you aren’t reading Nell Bernstein’s Burning Down the House, you’ll be falling behind when school gets back in session. Bernstein’s books takes down the system blow by blow. She does not shy away from saying what is on many of our minds: reform is not enough for a system this broken, we must tear it down and start anew.
Though off the top of your head this story may not relate to juvenile justice, the story of Jedidiah Brown’s actions this week are inextricably linked to our perceptions of corruption and justice. Brown’s forgiveness and bravery are truly extraordinary—but imagine a world where we all practiced the same compassion and trust in our fellow humans. Brown knew this man was not always or inherently bad, an idea we try to engrain in the minds of the greater public every day.
This timely article raises a crucial concern as national momentum has grown in favor of reducing our nation’s prison populations. How can we ensure that the alternatives to incarceration do not perpetuate the problems of our current system? More frighteningly, how can we equip ourselves to not be suckered into solutions that sound nice in the news, but ultimately, bring about more of the same? It is a question we don’t have the answer to, but cannot stop asking until the PIC has collapsed.
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