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

To Keep Kids Out of Trouble–and Prison–Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions

The philosophy is something you are probably familiar with, but this article insightfully ties together our response to tragedy and its affect on kids. Instead of putting more armor in the classrooms to create an illusion of safety, we need to arm our kids with the tools to handle their social-emotional problems before they get to the point where picking up a gun seems logical. One solution we love: peer conflict mediators.


How to Really End Mass Incarceration

Great NY Times Op-Ed that faces the hard truth of ending our incarceration epidemic, beyond Eric Holder. Author Vanita Gupta notes ( like the Economist article featured last week) the growing trend for unlikely partnerships of left and right to combat the issue. If we as a nation are stepping up to change the justice system as a whole, the juvenile justice system MUST be included in the shift. “The work ahead is daunting, but Mr. Holder’s announcement holds out hope that we have crossed a threshold, that there is no longer any serious argument about whether there is a problem with criminal justice in America.”


Petition: Stop CDCR STG Group from Being Law

The California Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation is launching a new program that allows indefinite isolation of inmates in SHUs (Secure Housing Units) with as little as a guard’s suspicion. Attempting to curb gang activity within the prisons, the program is not only a costly attempt to solve the problem, but an inhumane one that comprimises the prisoners: “You can not simply disavow yourself of gang activity and work toward rehabilitation goals. You must agree to be a confidential informant…There are ways beside the use of SHU’s to isolate active gang members from general population.”


Iowa Court: Juveniles May Seek New Sentences

When the Supreme Court abolished automatic life sentences for juveniles, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad commuted their sentences from life to 60 years. Last Friday, however, the Iowa Supreme Court “set a new standard, determining that long sentences are the functional equivalent of life without parole.” The debate is now heated in the state as to what length of time is appropriate for juveniles convicted of serious crimes.


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