Report: Police in Schools are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting

This joint issue brief by the Advancement Project, Alliance for Educational Justice, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. points out that in the midst of the incomprehensible tragedy of the Newtown massacre, we need to respond with evidence-based practices, not necessarily emotion and fear. The report calls for the following: 1) Don’t put police officers in schools, 2) Provide increased support for best practices in improving school communication and connectedness, 3) Support the development of comprehensive local or regional strategies to improve student safety while reducing the number of youth entering the justice system, and 4) Place meaningful restrictions on federal grants for school policing.
Read the entire report HERE. 

 

via the NY Times: Judge Finds California Boy Responsible in the Killing of his Neo-Nazi Father
A headline for the books and a depressing story of how violence becomes a vicious cycle. Now 12, at the age of 10 Joseph Hall shot his father in the head, killing him. The father, Jeff Hall, was a neo-nazi and beat Joseph for years before the murder.
Read the article HERE.

 

 via NCCD blog: Restorative Justice for Better Outcomes

From the National Council on Crime and Delinquency a primer on what restorative justice is and how it can be employed for positive outcomes.

Read the post HERE. 
 

from the Brave New Foundation: “This beast costs American $228 billion a year”
A brief, animated reminder of how much money the American prison system consumes annually– and some ideas on where that money could be better spent (video embedded below)
 

 
via Racism Still Exists: NYPD Stop and Frisk infographic

Using data compiled by the NY Civil Liberties Union from the NYPD, RISE created a very good, very disappointing infographic on racial disparities in the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy:
 

Courtesy of http://racismstillexists.tumblr.com/
Courtesy of http://racismstillexists.tumblr.com/
Check out their tumblr for more, HERE.
 

 

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The Short list is published weekly on Friday mornings and is comprised of a brief list of juvenile justice and justice related links to articles, reports, videos and more that are worth a look/read.

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