Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time

From the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth: A child sentenced to die in prison never has an opportunity to be considered for parole.

Beautiful / Powerful Important op-ed on the NY Times from a man who served 44 years in prison – 12 of which was spent in isolation – discussing the inhumanity of solitary confinement. He writes, “If [prison authorities] were to listen to the inmates, they would understand that protests are almost always the product of what prisoners perceive to be officials’ abuse of arbitrary power. They are generally done by men made desperate by the lack of options to address their grievances. At the heart of the problem is a lack of open communications and freedom of expression.”

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/opinion/when-prisoners-protest.html?smid=fb-share

Locking up juveniles may plant seeds of more crime

We know you know… but the Chicago Tribune just posted an article that introduces new research that shows that incarcerating young people can be counterproductive

READ MORE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-schmich-0717-20130717,0,2107389.column

Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehesi Coates writes a very worthwhile essay on justice in the Zimmerman acquittal. He posits that there are two conflicting truths in the case, “the first is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman should not have been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter. The second is that the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice.”

READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/trayvon-martin-and-the-irony-of-american-justice/277782/

Maryland

Just Kids Maryland has a great new petition to remove all kid from adult facilities and they need your help writing letters to the Governor. Happily, they’ve done the writing, all you need to do is copy and paste and send.

READ MORE: http://justkidsmaryland.org/petition/16-on-the-16th/

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