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

A Court’s All-Hands Approach Aids Girls Most At Risk

For too long, our courts and prisons have ignored the unique challenges faces by women in society, applying the standards for males to females as well. Thankfully more jurisdictions are addressing the complexity of girls’ agency in cases of sexual violence, homelessness, and sex trafficking. Alameda County’s Girls Court is paving the way, connecting youth to social services and mentors instead of treating them as criminals.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/us/a-courts-all-hands-approach-aids-girls-most-at-risk.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140129&tntemail0=y&_r=0

The World’s Largest Prison System May Finally Be Starting To Shrink

Sometimes the endless list of micro-level issues within our justice system gets so long that progress seems impossible. Even though we cannot ignore the work ahead, at times like these, we can look at the big picture for comfort. The U.S. prison population has declined in the last three years, and more than 60 prisons have closed or are in the process of closing.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/prison-closures_n_4688132.html

What To Do With Prison Architect, a Video Game About Building Prisons

Video games are no stranger to controversial content, and Prison Architect is no different. UK programmers have created a game where one designs and manages prisons in a simulation game. What is both included and ignored in the game weigh heavily on how the player perceives their role as architect.

READ MORE: http://kotaku.com/what-to-do-with-prison-architect-a-video-game-about-b-1505204131/@sarah-hedgecock

Half of Sexual Abuse Claims in American Prisons Involve Guards, Study Says

Yes, half. And considering the courage it takes to speak up in prison, we suspect more. Yet again the true purpose of prisons emerges when you think of how a whole system can turn a blind eye to sexual violence—events that undeniably delay the rehabilitation of any “criminal.”

READ MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/US/half-sexual-abuse-claims-american-prisons-involve-guards/story?id=21892170

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