We’re back after a short hiatus with highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.

Obama Administration Recommends Ending Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools

An intervention is brewing for the school-to-prison pipeline, and it is coming from the White House. Even more encouraging, the Justice and Education departments are acknowledging the racial disparities in school discipline without the usual muddled rhetoric, saying that ‘In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.’ Let’s see how these recommendations affect school policies throughout the coming year.

READ MORE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/obama-administration-recommends-ending-zero-tolerance-policies-in-schools.html

Activists Push for Juvenile Justice System Reforms

As you may know, we’ve pushing for system reforms for seven years now. Others, over a decade. Still, the emergence of campaigns aimed at specific laws, like New York’s Raise the Age campaign, are exciting to see. Either way, we are happy that everyday more people are realizing they need to challenge the faults of our justice system.

READ MORE: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/6/juvenile-detentioncentershold70000youth.html

Campaign Cracks Down on Oakland Child Sex-Trafficking

The Northern California city of Oakland is taking a stand against its reputation as a hub for the sexual exploitation of children, encouraging anybody with any awareness of the issue to report what they see. A major component of the campaign is informing the public that these children are not prostitutes (and therefore criminals) deciding to sell their bodies, but victims being sold, controlled, and exploited for the gain of others.

READ MORE: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oakland-child-sex-trafficking-20140109,0,6254651.story#axzz2px1no4qF

Seeking Clues to Gangs and Crime, Detectives Monitor Internet Rap Videos

Of the many changes the internet has brought to society, crime-fighting via YouTube may be one of the least expected to emerge. New York Police Departments are changing their tactics, moving from stop-and-frisk to long term investigations that use music videos as evidence. The rappers incriminated by the videos, however, claim they are being targeted because they are the only members of their community visible on these platforms.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/nyregion/seeking-clues-to-gangs-and-crime-detectives-monitor-internet-rap-videos.html

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