Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Images of Detained Children Haunt U.S. Senate Rotunda
Marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJPDA), Ross is showcasing 15 images of detained children at the U.S. Senate Rotunda. We hope the images will push stakeholders towards the reauthorization of JJDPA.
New York Hires Consultant to Create Rikers Island Reform Plan
Though it won’t be easy for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company to penetrate the employee culture at Rikers, complex problems at the facilities need to be addressed. The growing populations of mentally ill and adolescent inmates, smuggling and abuse from correction officers, and the antiquated systems of record keeping are all to be scrutinized by McKinsey. Perhaps this will also bring an end to their antiquated systems of correction.
Mostly White Forces in Mostly Black Towns: Police Struggle for Racial Diversity
The lack of diversity in many police departments across the U.S. has become a hot topic since the shooting of Mike Brown, raising questions as to how police can protect and serve the community’s best interests if they aren’t engaged with that community. While some jurisdictions have pushed vigorously to get more black officers in uniform, there are many other factors at play than simply encouraging people of color to join the force. How can we not only achieve a police force that reflects the racial diversity of our communities, but one that understands our communities’ needs?
Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?
One of the obstacles faced in advocating for youth in the JJ system is communicating how truly disenfranchised the majority of these youth are. Those of us lucky enough to avoid contact with the justice system often don’t see the multitude of differences between our own lives and the lives of these kids. They weren’t going to sleepaway camp this summer—they were struggling to stay fed, keep a roof over their heads, and stay out of the police’s sight.