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

Holiday Weekend Gun Report: May 23-26, 2014

Some of you may know that we work out of the UC Santa Barbara campus, where Richard Ross has been a professor for over 35 years. Last Friday our community lost 6 lives in a senseless shooting. While this was a concentrated incident of gun violence, we can’t overlook that in many communities with few resources to support their residents, young lives are lost to gun violence, daily. 6 lives were also lost in Chicago over the weekend… 3 of them were juveniles. In the words of Chris Michael-Martinez’s father, who has been grieving over the loss of his son last Friday in Isla Vista: “we don’t need to live like this.”

READ MORE: http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/holiday-weekend-gun-report-may-23-26-2014/

JJGPS- Juvenile Justice, Geography, Policy, Practice, and Statistics

CHECK THIS OUT! A much needed new resource has been created thanks to the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the MacArthur Foundation. Their goal is to remove the obstacles preventing stakeholders and researchers from getting accurate information about the juvenile justice system, and it couldn’t be more of a relief that they’ve taken the initiative.

READ MORE: http://jjgps.org

Can Mental Health Courts Fix California’s Prison Overcrowding?

Finally, we are acting on the realization that prison can only worsen the health of the mentally ill. Mental Health Courts, which have emerged in 27 counties across California, are aiming to divert the mentally ill from prison in the first place, instead, directing them towards treatment. The practice is both psychologically and economically beneficial for our communities, saving literally millions of taxpayer dollars and lessening anguish for those being sentenced.

READ MORE: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/californias-three-strikes-law-keeping-mentally-ill-people-prison

Right-Wing Prison Reform: Now It’s a Crowd

And everyone seems to be taking notice.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-dagan/rightwing-prison-reform-n_b_5364972.html

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