via the A.P: “US: 200 Teens Have Been Detained In Afghan War” 
This article by Peter James Spiellman takes us out the U.S to Afghanistan, where a significant number of Afghan teenagers are being held in custody at a detention facility in Parwan. A recently released U.S report categorizes these youth as “enemy combatants” detained “to prevent [them] from returning to the battlefield.” Human rights organizations, such as the ACLU, are questioning the legitimacy of this detention, noting that if the average age is 16, some of the children could be as young as 14 or 13.
Read the article HERE. 
 

Metro Youth Services in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Image by the author for Juvenile-in-Justice.
 
via the Boston Globe: “Child-safe Lockups”  

Yvonne Abraham, originally of Massachusetts, offering important criticism of her home state’s juvenile justice system and praise of an upcoming bill to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17-18. It may seem like an insignificant gap, however, according to the Citizens for Juvenile Justice approximately 3,300 17-year-olds were arraigned in M.A’s adult system in 2011.

Read the article HERE. 

Blog: “No More Secrets and Lies”

John Brosnan tells the story of his struggle between the Minnesota juvenile justice system and himself, as the father of an intellectually handicapped young woman.

Read the blog HERE. 
 
via JJIE.org: “Exploring the Use of Pell Grants To Go From Prison to College” 

JJIE’s Jamaal Abdul-Alim expounds on the possibilities if lawmakers lift the currently-in-place ban on giving Pell grants to prisoners. A summit last week at Rutgers University brought together academics, reformers and former prisoners to discuss the need to extend Pell Grants to provide education for individuals in prison. Todd Clear, dean of the school of criminal justice at Rutgers, stated that “educating inmates is the most effective thing that can be done to reduce recidivism.”

Read the article HERE. 
 
Petition via colorofchange.org: “Stand Against ‘Shoot First’ Laws”

In the wake of the shootings of Trayvon Martin and, most recently, Jordan Russell Williams, Color of Change has set up this petition against Florida’s “Shoot First” law. They write: “Florida’s dangerous ‘Shoot First’ law allowed Trayvon Martin’s killer to walk free without charges for over a month. Shoot First laws legalize vigilante homicide and in Trayvon’s case, law enforcement hid behind the Shoot First law as justification for failing to arrest George Zimmerman. Please join us in calling on elected officials in your state to stand against Shoot First laws.”

Read and sign the petition 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 read.
 
 

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