• “It’s easy to get in the system, but hard to get out of it.” I go to education alternatives. I’m in 10th grade, I have been here a month now. The people I see are my mother, grandmother and probation officer. Since treatment, I have been in a Christian home and residential treatment center and shelter care for about a year. I was in YSCP—Youth Family Community Partnership—with my […] September 9, 2015
  • “It is a battlefield out there sometimes for kids.” I am out of prison for 48 days now. Was doing 20 split 5. That means I did five and as long as I didn’t get into trouble it will stay at 5. If you get into trouble it is another 15. I was in county. That’s where they hold 16 and up. If you […] March 18, 2015
  • “I was messed up.” I should have graduated in here but I’m gonna go to a continuation school. I don’t have much education. I’m gonna be here four more months even though I’m 18. When I went to court they said I would have to do six months. I’ve been here 3 times. I’m from El Salvador. I came […] December 31, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Center for Investigative Reporting: Video Piece This great piece by the Center for Investigative Reporting puts compelling visuals to Izzy’s story of being held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island as a teen. Recounting over 300 days […] November 14, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 9-26-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Report Found Distorted Data on Jail Fights at Rikers Island …And the horrific news from Rikers just keeps coming—no hyperbole here. Rikers Island has been known as one of the nation’s worst cages to be locked in; […] September 26, 2014
  • [GUEST POST] Into the Deep and Back: Never Losing Hope in Our Youth, Pt. 1 Today Juvenile In Justice is lucky enough to feature Hernan Carvente, who is sharing his remarkable story of resilience with us. Part 2 is now live, and can be found here! ……………………………………………… The stories of youth who have come into contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems speak to the lack of proper assistance offered […] July 21, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-18-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. OP-ED: Cops and Community, How to Repair a Broken Relationship When youth and cops interact, all too often they seem like a different species to the other, so completely foreign to their ways of thinking, dress, and […] July 18, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 3-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. RECOMMENDED: Cuomo’s Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals If only everything written about the juvenile justice system could be this relevant, timely, and telling. We know that community-based alternatives are the most promising place for our […] March 14, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 2-20-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Gov. Cuomo’s Bold Step on Prison Education Those of us who have come to know the justice system also know that education programs in prison lead to less recidivism and higher employment rates among former inmates. Unfortunately, […] February 21, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 12-6-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. When Congress Cut Pell Grants for Prisoners Two decades ago, Pell grants for state and federal prison inmates were outlawed when Bill Clinton signed a provision to the 1994 omnibus crime bill. The debate is truly heated; […] December 6, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-21-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. ‘Your Body’s Not Free, But Your Mind Is’ A truly inspiring organization, with measurable results. The Free Minds Book Club puts books and pencils in the hands of juveniles sent to adult prisons, giving them membership to […] November 22, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 9-27-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time. Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming Day and evening reporting centers are gaining traction as a viable alternative to detention for certain offenders in many states. Steering away from the […] September 27, 2013