Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
What Prison Can Learn From Goldman Sachs
Money and ethics don’t go together, right? Well, there is a promising new way of investing in prisons that doesn’t capitalize on keeping people behind bars—in fact, quite the opposite. “Social impact bonds” just might be the long-awaited opponent to private prison companies.
‘Two Spirits’ Helps Gay Youths in Juvenile Detention
Gay-Straight Alliance groups are commonplace on university and high school campuses. But in prison, one of the toughest places to be gay, groups that support LGBT inmates are virtually nonexistent. The Two Spirits group at Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility is changing that, with youth allies and tailored support.
Former Youth Inmate Overcomes Impossible To Run For California State Assembly
Prophet Walker, a native of South Central LA, was tried as an adult at age 16 and sentenced to six years in prison. 10 years later he is running for the California State Assembly from the 64th district, and would represent neighborhoods like the one he came from. While his resume is dazzling regardless of his past, reading what he has accomplished is truly remarkable considering the obstacles he faced. We wish him the best in his campaign!
How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences
In the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the state would no longer pursue low-risk drug offenders, we heard a lot about “unlikely alliances” in Congress. The good news: it is more than white noise. Democrats and Republicans are teaming up to reduce the harmful impact of minimum mandatory sentences, and proposing a wide range of policies that would help us get there.