via the New York Times: “Prison Could Be Productive”
This week, The Times Room for Debate section brings together experts and advocates in the field of criminal justice and prison law to discuss the following: “Given that most inmates will one day be released, how should incarceration change to prepare people to rejoin the outside world? How can a prison sentence change a person for the better?” An excellent, intelligent read that brings together a multitude of perspectives.
Read the debate HERE.
Since 2009, federal investigators have been in Shelby County, Tennessee (which includes Memphis) uncovering a heap of issues with the juvenile justice system there. The problems spanned from sending disproportionate numbers of black teenagers to adult court, to keeping kids restrained in restraint chairs like the one above (which was also featured in the Times, alongside the article). Happily, on Monday they signed a deal to overhaul the system, an agreement which advocates are calling the first in the nation and an important step in juvenile justice reform on a national level.
Read the article HERE.
Op-ED piece by Leonard Witt, our friend and director of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, making a case that of late the gun-legislation discussion has been framed to seem impossible to tackle, but it’s not. We have two things: a way-too-high rate of death by firearms– 20 times greater than any other western nation– and a significant portion of the population demanding stronger gun control laws. If we can stay together on this, and encourage the right legislation and vote for it when it comes around, we can tackle it. Witt writes, “We did so with drunk driving, we did so with seatbelts and auto safety, and we did so with cigarette smoking. We can do it with gun violence.”
The author, Susan Saulny, writes, “Without a stable home address, they are an elusive group that mostly couch surfs or sleeps hidden away in cars or other private places, hoping to avoid the lasting stigma of public homelessness during what they hope will be a temporary predicament.” And while they may seem invisible, these individuals between the ages of 18-24 represent a swiftly growing population amongst the homeless community.
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.