Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.

Second Chances for Teen Offenders

The juvenile justice system was founded solely on the principal that children are not only more vulnerable than adults, but can and should be rehabilitated so they can grow into productive citizens. Policies of the last 40 years, though, would never give you that idea. We are a punitive state, and that punishment extends long after one’s detention sentence or probation term is served.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/opinion/second-chances-for-teen-offenders.html?emc=edit_tnt_20141117&nlid=19073804&tntemail0=y

Number of Homeless Children in America Surges To All-Time High

One in every 30 kids in the U.S. is homeless. Can we even digest what that means? Can we face that this is a direct product of failed social systems? What about our apathy? Most importantly: how in the world do we fix these broken systems so every child has a loving home? We. Need. An. Answer.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/17/child-homelessless-us_n_6169994.html

5 Horrible Examples of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

We’re not naïve. We get that some people will deny the existence of the school-to-prison pipeline to the death. But try to take a look at these five manifestations of the pipeline without denying something is seriously (and systematically) wrong with the way we are teaching our children.

READ MORE: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/11/17/5-horrible-examples-school-prison-pipeline/

Reporter’s Notebook: Life on the Island

The bleak desolation of prison doesn’t just affect prisoners. It takes a toll on everyone in or around the barbed wire, whether felon or law-abiding citizen. This in-depth look at one man’s weekly visits to Rikers Island shows the extent of this phenomenon that leaves many visitors feeling as if they are inmates. As one might expect, mindless bureaucracy is the name of the game.

READ MORE: http://jjie.org/reporters-notebook-life-on-the-island/107961/

UN Committee on Torture Questions U.S. Record on Solitary Confinement

It is one thing to engage in bad practice with misguided logic as your justification; It is a whole other animal to simply deny, deny, deny. Well, that’s exactly what our government has been doing, choosing to misreport or worse, not report at all. The truth is that we don’t even know how many prisoners are in solitary confinement in the U.S. each day (estimate is 80,000) and it’s proving extremely difficult for the U.S. to take the UN seriously.

READ MORE: http://solitarywatch.com/2014/11/18/un-committee-on-torture-questions-u-s-record-on-solitary-confinement/

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