Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
All Kids Sentenced to Die in Michigan Prisons Get Second Chance
Victory! Michigan’s courts must now hold parole hearings for ALL 363 people sentenced as juveniles to life without parole in Michigan’s prisons. While this order is only a small step, it is certainly in the right direction–hopefully other states sentencing kids to die in prison will take notice, and fast. READ MORE: http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/all-kids-sentenced-die-michigan-prisons-get-second-chance?
Fixing New York’s Flawed Stop and Frisk Policing
While those of us familiar with the racial disparities plaguing the justice system have long negated New York’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy as a vehicle for racial profiling, this truth is now inescapable: “‘In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective,’ the judge wrote of New York’s leaders, presumably Mr. Bloomberg and Raymond W. Kelly, his police chief, ‘they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘the right people’ is racially discriminatory.'” The controversial policy was finally challenged this Monday, with immediate change demanded by federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin in a crucial court ruling. READ MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fixing-new-yorks-flawed-stop-and-frisk-policing/2013/08/14/956c5638-0382-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html
Prison Reform: An unlikely alliance of left and right
Both Left and Right are coming together for the mutual benefit of prison reform. This article from the Economist uses their characteristic hard-facts approach to examining America’s prison spending. READ MORE: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21583701-america-waking-up-cost-mass-incarceration-unlikely-alliance-left-and