[This week we're bringing you up to date on good stuff from the last TWO WEEKS. Keep reading for the juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.]
Terry Green Sterling reports that while illegal immigration may be down, the number of kids coming in the country is soaring, and many are being deported without a lawyer. In 2012, the U.S Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 24,481 unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border. Sterling tells this harrowing story: “Miguel Garcia was one such kid. He fled Guatemala City, he tells The Daily Beast, after the notorious M18 gang tried to recruit him when he played soccer. When he declined, the gang shot his brother, mistaking him for Garcia. The brother remained permanently wounded and now has difficulty walking. The gang continued to threaten the Garcia family, demanding enormous sums of money for the privilege of living in the neighborhood. At the time, Miguel Garcia was 16 years old. He figured if he left Guatemala, M18 would leave him and his family alone.”
Robin L. Barton, a legal journalist based and a former assistant district attorney discusses the critical weaknesses of the institution of bail in our justice system: how it is motivated by profit, often doesn’t properly consider public safety, and is stacked against the poor.
via Slate: ‘Trapped: The Story of the Mentally Ill in Prison’
Jenn Ackermann’s haunting images of the imprisoned mentally ill. The photo says it all.
See more images and read more HERE
via the Annie E. Casey Foundation: ‘Bart Lubow: Five Questions’
Bart Lubow is the man with a plan behind the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative– a major initiative that is reforming juvenile incarceration facilities around the country to keep more kids out and effectively treating and helping those children inside. At the onset of my interest in juvenile justice, I went to a lecture he gave on his work with JDAI and it completely changed everything I thought I knew about delinquent children. Catch some of that knowledge in the interview where he discusses the latest numbers of youth confinement and which states are doing the best work to revamp their youth incarceration systems.
Did you know that…experiencing multiple severe losses can be a strong factor leading to incarceration? And….our prison system, instead of addressing loss, increases the number of losses, depression, and grief issues? Shannon Frediani sheds light on the troubled relationship between grief and incarceration while introducing us to an upcoming conference in Berkeley, California that will delve deeper into the issue and present new research and programs to implement.
Wesley House reports on an important court case against the New York Police Department’s racist use of “stop-and-frisk.”
[The Short List is published on Tuesday mornings and features highlights from the week's juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.]