Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System
When 10-year-olds are being held in jails with adult criminals, can we even utter the word ‘justice’ when talking about this societal system? In examining the case of fifth-grader and murder defendant Tristen Kurilla, we uncover the brick of swiss cheese that is our penal system.
Poll: 77% of Americans Favor Eliminating Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Offenders; 73% Favor Restoring Voting Rights
With a significant majority of Americans in favor of eliminating mandatory minimum and restoring voting rights for nonviolent drug offenders, it’s time to think about how we turn the polls into policy. It is interesting to note, though, how divided the nation is when it comes to sealing court records—47% favor sealing them, 48% oppose.
Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons
If you or any of your friends are still having trouble understanding the school-to-prison pipeline and how it came to be, look no further! Alan Singer has great answers to a lot of those initial questions you might have, and answers them interview style. The information is very clearly broken down, so I’d like to urge everyone to share this great piece!
One Lawyer’s Fight For Young Blacks and ‘Just Mercy’
This interview with the one and only Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative is not to be missed. Stevenson breaks down some very complex issues with powerful truth and simplicity, from capital punishment to racial justice and beyond.