Eugene Jarecki, documentary filmmaker, interviewed on the Daily Show about his film ‘The House I Live In,’ the failure of America’s war on drugs, and the over-incarceration of black Americans.

“The drug war has made it that the non-violent in this country are put in jail in this country very often for longer sentences than the violent. Why?” Also go see the movie! An NYT Critics Pick, in the review the Times writes, “A call to national conscience, the activist documentary “The House I Live In” is persuasively urgent… an insistently personal and political look at the war on drugs and its thousands of casualties, including those serving hard time for minor offenses.”

Extended interview Pt. 1

Extended interview Pt. 2

 
A new report by the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy: Improving the Juvenile Justice System For Girls

The report by Peter Edelman and Liz Watson, posits that the population of girls in the juvenile justice system continues to grow, yet a significant amount of research has demonstrated that their needs and challenges, such as abuse and pregnancy, are not being addressed by a system that was designed for boys. The 50-page report is worth a read, but for a faster glance, here’s the NPR coverage Tough Times for Girls In Juvenile Justice System.

 

Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Arizona
 
A new report by the National Juvenile Justice Network: “Using Adolescent Brain Research to Inform Policy”

Uniting research on adolescent brain activity and current system practices to make suggestions of how to “respect the capabilities of youth and make the case for age-appropriate treatment that recognizes differences between adolescents and adults.” It’s a very good seven-page read.

 
via the Washington Post: Justice Department lawsuit says arrests in Meridian, Miss., schools violate students’ rights

In Jackson, Mississippi the school-to-prison pipeline is disciplining students by arresting them and sending to a juvenile detention center 80 miles from their homes. And for what? According to the lawsuit, for “infractions like flatulence or wearing the wrong color socks.”

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