Hello friends. It’s been two weeks since we posted the last short list and we apologize for the irregularity. We have been immensely busy preparing for the exhibition and trip to New York and the lecture at the Vera Institute last night (which went very well). So, without further ado we’ve compiled a great short list for the week:
In a very thorough article, Jessica Pupovac covers the difficulty of gaining access to prisons, a problem we have encountered constantly in our six-plus years of working in juvenile prisons. The piece covers legal disputes, who regulates media visits in prisons, and the nearly country-wide ban from permitting reality T.V shows inside.
Just in case you missed our coverage of this article on Wednesday… This excellent article by Paul Tullis tells the story of two families in Florida who seek out restorative justice in the case of the son of one family killing his girlfriend, the other’s daughter. A story about forgiving someone the impossible and seeking out justice through less punitive punishment.
Senator Leland Yee of California, a child psychologist, introduced legislation Tuesday that proposes limits to the use of solitary confinement at state and county juvenile correctional facilities. If this passes it will represent an important change in how California treats its most vulnerable kids.
The Founder of the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) offers an important reflection on the CASA program, its invaluable volunteers and why you may want to think about volunteering yourself.
Jason Flom argues that, with the legalization of Marijuana in various states this last October, we have arrived at a watershed moment after 20+ years of failed drug war policies. Every day, warped and punitive laws put non-violent offenders behind bars for drug-related crimes, this affects kids in the juvenile system as well. Flom writes, “we must seize this moment.” Meaning, it’s time to implement new and more humane ways to reduce drug abuse and related crimes. A good start? Decriminalization. Portugal just did it, and they found that it resulted in a “reduced demand for illicit drugs, fewer arrests, and fewer prisoners.”
And… just in case you missed our post earlier this week: the Juvenile-in-Justice exhibition opened this last Saturday at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. With over 70 large prints and complete captions, the exhibition is not to be missed. Also neat: the gallerist has offered to open the space up for juvenile-justice related meetings during the duration of the show and will soon be hosting a session of the New York Public Defenders.
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.