Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
All the Stops
We can all see the flaws in New York’s stop-and-frisk policy (which was recently deemed unconstitutional,) but unless you actually live in the city, how can you actually SEE it? Independent news site bklynr.com shows us how astray this policy has truly gone with a poignant visualization of the numbers.
READ MORE: http://bklynr.com/all-the-stops/
Stop Prison Rape Now
On September 4th, 2003, George W. Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). In bringing to light the fact that thousands of inmates had previously been ignored when reporting sexual violence, there was also a “realization is that prison rape can be prevented if officials take the right steps.” A decade after the Act was signed, the government is finally enforcing it, and beginning audits of the system’s worst facilities.
Op-Ed: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth
This JJIE Op-Ed explores how the ACA, or “Obamacare,” holds new promise for youth in the justice system. With access to health care, kids that have been placed in punitive facilities with the goal of fixing their problems will now have access to healthcare. Through the mental health services and emotional support, they may finally see the treatment that could have prevented their entry into the justice system in the first place.