Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
School Police Across the Country Receive Excess Military Weapons Gear
Local law enforcement agencies aren’t the only ones receiving excess military weapons through the Defense Departments 1033 Program. School police forces are receiving M16’s, modified grenade launchers, and other weapons too. While one school official claims they’re ‘hope is that [their] officers never need to use it,’ the potential problems far outweigh the benefits of their better-safe-than-sorry mentality.
Chart: More Prison Doesn’t Mean Less Crime
GUESS WHAT! Locking up more people doesn’t make your town any safer. And in fact, locking up less people won’t make it safer either. The rate at which a town locks up its citizens speaks more to its policies than the criminality of its people.
Inmates Aren’t the Only Victims of the Prison-Industrial Complex
Everyday we hear stories of pain and injustice from youth behind bars in the U.S., but this may be our first time hearing of the pain and injustice experienced by those guarding the bars. It is all too easy for us to point the finger at the machine and declare everyone paid by it a cog. This article highlights the pain and stress of working as a prison guard. While you may not feel sympathetic, it is important we see how toxic the Prison Industrial Complex is for everyone involved.
Juvenile Justice Reforms Have Worked: Guest Opinion
Too often we feel so smothered by the negativity of the juvenile justice system that we fail to see the very significant progress that has been made to reform the system in the past couple of decades. Nate Balis, the new Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E Casey Foundation, takes a look at the case of Multnomah County, Oregon, to show how these strides have been made.