• “I’m the only girl here.” I’ve been here for 22 days. I’ve been in and out a bunch of times. At home I have a mom and dad and four younger brothers and sisters and an older brother and sister. I had an older sister who committed suicide a few years ago. I’m in the 9th grade. I would like to go to college. I received my first […] March 23, 2016
  • Continuum By Richard Ross Standing in rooms where people were tortured is a visceral experience. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. The discussion then, 10 years past, was the fluid continuum–from discussion, interview, interrogation, then finally, torture. The terms were sometimes twisted—“enhanced interrogation”—but our descending from who we were to what we had become was unmistakable and chilling […] January 13, 2016
  • The [Justice] Short List 6-20-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. The Sister of Second Chances We are at a loss for words. The monumental work that Hour Children has accomplished in supporting and rehabilitating incarcerated mothers and their children is nothing short of miraculous. And it’s all […] June 20, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 6-13-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. The Tragic, Maddening Failure of America’s Juvenile Justice System While it has taken a while, it is refreshing to see journalists move from quietly whispering of the injustices against juveniles in detention to shouting about them boldly […] June 13, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 12-13-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Because I’m 16… New York is one of only two states in the union that continues to prosecute 16 and 17 year olds as adults.  This video, created by Judge Michael A. Corriero and students at the […] December 13, 2013
  • The Criminal Justice System is No Parent’s Friend Laurel Reighton* is first and foremost a mom.  She and her husband and their six children live in Mitchell, Indiana. Her son Skyler*, now 18, was two when they moved to Mitchell from California. In August 2011, Skyler was involved in a burglary with several other people. Skyler was the youngest. No one was hurt […] July 22, 2013
  • [Guest Post] End Solitary Confinement of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons Governors have an historic opportunity through the Prison Rape Elimination Act to do just that: From Campaign For Youth Justice’s Liz Ryan: This year, governors will need to certify that their states are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a law that Congress unanimously approved in 2003, designed to end sexual violence […] June 11, 2013
  • Dreaming of the Mountain Top “We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 45 years ago yesterday Martin Luther King Jr. delivered “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” his final speech, to a crowd at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. Todd Chretien writes on the socialistworker.org, “Each time I listen to it, I stop, I’m captivated, […] April 4, 2013
  • [Family-in-Justice] Cheryle and her grandson Anthony Part 2 [Read Part 1 HERE]     Cheryle:   Sometimes I wish we had left the country. We had that weekend, we could have run away. But we had no idea. We knew he was innocent. We went on vacation. We were so naïve. I used to believe in the system. Now I am angry with […] March 27, 2013
  • [good news] Q&A with Starcia Ague Last week, Starcia Ague shared her amazing life story, from an impossible childhood and “juvie life” sentence, to graduating from a four-year university and becoming a powerful advocate for juvenile justice system change [Read the entire story HERE]. Starcia has turned her life into a success story. With her degree from Washington State University in […] March 4, 2013