Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.

The Other F Word

It is easy to understand how a victim’s forgiveness can be a valuable healing tool for the perpetrator of a crime—but what about the victim himself? Leslie Neale’s new documentary, Unlikely Friends, explores how “for some, meeting the person responsible for [a victim’s] pain helps them understand the unfathomable,” in a process that is truly cathartic for people whose lives have been irreversibly altered by a crime. The film’s broadcast premiere is on October 21 at 10/9C, Investigation Discovery.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-neale/the-other-f-word_1_b_4080125.html

The Restorative Justice League of Le Grand High School

What if peer pressure pushed kids towards positive behavior instead of bad choices? Sounds crazy, right? A small-town high school in Central California is working towards that, with a peer-based intervention system for students who act out: “The mere fact that they’re trying to prevent fights from happening is significant. When somebody starts arguing with someone else, rather than gathering around and instigating a fight, they try to put a stop to it.”

READ MORE: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2013/10/16/restorative-justice-league-le-grand-high-school-jumps-save-day/

Four Decades of Failed School Reform

In 43 years of teaching, Pat Welsh has seen the high school he works for embark on countless reform initiatives. While it is fascinating to read of the attempted changes throughout the years, even more poignant is the fact that these reforms began with just as much gusto as those we embark on today, only to be abandoned or left partially implemented.

READ MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/four-decades-of-failed-school-reform/2013/09/27/dc9f2f34-2561-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html

Rise in Transgender Harassment, Violence by Police Linked to Profiling

Among the many challenges faced by gender nonconforming Americans, police profiling remains a big one. When NYPD arrived to the scene, two survivors of a verbal and physical assault ended up sitting in the back of a cop car. The message from law enforcement remains an oppressive one: transgender…black…guilty.

READ MORE: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/2013/10/rise-in-transgenderharassmentviolencebypolicelinkedtoprofiling.html

Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance

It is fact that we live in a racist society, and that our law enforcement is far more attentive to crimes committed by people of color than whites. $7 million of federal grants are being used for an Oakland police initiative that will increase surveillance. We wonder how just these new systems will be along racial and socioeconomic lines.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/technology/privacy-fears-as-surveillance-grows-in-cities.html

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