Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
Brains On Trial
A GREAT new source of information. Host Alan Alda and experts in the field of neuroscience, criminology, and the law explore the relationship between our brains and the justice system. Learn about how the knowledge we now have of the brain’s inner workings dramatically affects what happens in the courtroom. On the site you’ll find 2 full episodes from the PBS broadcast and tons more from the blog and video posts.
WATCH & READ MORE: http://brainsontrial.com
Study Finds Stop-and-Frisk Leads to Mistrust of Cops
Today, many Americans don’t see law enforcement as ‘protectors of peace’—in fact, far from it. A new study from the Vera Institute of Justice has examined the toll this has on achieving justice in the communities most afflicted by stop-and-frisk policing. Distrust has become so bad, of those interviewed ‘59% wouldn’t go to the cops even if they were the victim of a violent crime.’ Would you blame someone for feeling this way after being frisked 9 times for no apparent reason?
OP-ED: Why Zero Tolerance Means More Kids in Jail
We have to agree: ‘Zero Tolerance = Zero Common Sense.’ A young woman’s insightful op-ed outlines the history of zero tolerance policies, their current effects, and the dismal outlook if we neglect to change our harshly punitive ways. Though stricter policies seemed logical in the wake of Columbine, there are now students getting charged as criminals for ‘disturbing the peace’ in the classroom.
Change in Suspension Policy Helps San Jose High School
Are we getting déjà vu? It seems everywhere that schools take the initiative to lower school suspensions, there is a positive outcome. A school in San Jose, California that now sends kids to detention instead of suspending them now sees less violence, greater attendance, and increased funding.