Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
Should Police Wear Cameras
Thanks to the NY Times section, Room for Debate, we get to hear the arguments for and against wearable cameras for police officers. As it turns out, there are many more nuances to this debate than whether or not police are comfortable having their actions recorded.
Prisoners of Profit
Abuse, neglect, over-medicating, guards provoking fights with youth… These are only some of the atrocities reporter Chris Kirkham found while investigating the conditions in privately run juvenile lockdown facilities. The 30-minute video includes insight from public defenders, a former corrections officer, and a young woman who was incarcerated in a private facility in Florida.
Entrepreneurship and Job Fair for Ex-Cons
You did the crime. You did your time. You’re determined to stay outside of prison walls from now on. But no one will hire you? The Prison to Prosperity Fair, being held this weekend in the Bronx, is striving to help those who want to help themselves by making former inmates’ struggle for a job easier.
Mothers in Jail Reunite With Young Daughters in New Program
Beyond Bars, a new program at Orleans Parish Prison (and run by the Girl Scouts), is helping to provide incarcerated mothers, and their daughters, a chance to have more meaningful visits. “The idea: Both moms and daughters will benefit from a stronger bond, which in turn will motivate each one to stay — or get — on track to fulfill their dreams.”