Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
States of Incarceration: The Global Context
Ever wondered if your state‚Äôs incarceration rate was above or below the national average, or how it compared to other nations? The Prison Policy Initiative has crunched all the numbers for you, and put it in a striking bar graph that really brings home the extremity of our punitive measures.
READ MORE: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/
The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out
Are teachers committing explicit acts of racism in the classroom? No. Are their unconscious biases–that result from socialization and decades of engrained ideas–having a significant, detrimental effect on the lives of kids of color? YES. While some are busy claiming this is a ‘post-racial society,’ the very real disparity resulting from racism is growing wider.
The Spread of Electric Monitoring: No Quick Fix for Mass Incarceration
On the surface, electric monitoring seems like the greatest solution to mass incarceration since sliced bread: those who, at one time, may have been behind bars can be out in the world, have access to creature comforts and loved ones, maintain their sense identity and dignity. But with daily fees and little recourse to appeal your parole officer‚Äôs decision of where you can and cannot be, the reality of EM devices leaves much to be desired‚Ä¶not to mention the potential for more Orwellian pursuits in the future.
The Leader of the Unfree World
Another great article that gives an overview of just how heinous the scale of our prison system is: ‚ÄúOver all, there are now more people under ‚Äėcorrectional supervision‚Äô in America‚ÄĒmore than six million‚ÄĒthan were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.‚ÄĚ Our incarceration rate is LITERALLY off the charts. Just read it.
15-to-Life: Kenneth‚Äôs Story
Kenneth Young was 14 when a drug dealer threatened to kill his mother over an unsettled debt. Forced to lose his mother or participate in a series of robberies, he chose the latter. Kenneth was sentenced as an adult to four consecutive life sentences‚Ä¶until the Miller v. Alabama decision opened an opportunity for justice. Airs on PBS Monday night‚ÄĒcheck local listings for time.
WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.pbs.org/pov/15tolife/