Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.
OP-ED: Thoughtful, Innovative Intervention for Kids in New York Pays Off
At age 14, Maria was assigned to a Community Reinvestment Alternative to Detention program in New York instead of being confined in a detention facility. As we would have guessed, keeping kids like Maria in community-based programs as opposed to cells pays off and allows for a truly meaningful exchange between kids and the justice system. The psychological, financial, and therapeutic benefits of this approach have “prompted a shift in thinking, providing a clear light of hope for youth and their families who are most in need of our help.”
READ MORE: http://jjie.org/105324/105324/
Released ‘Three Strikes’ Have Low Repeat Offense Rate
Nearly a year after California reformed the state’s three strikes law, we have a report on exactly how the release of formerly detained three strikers is panning out. So far, the outcome fared remarkably well: “with an average of 4.4 months of time out of prison…less than two percent re-offended.” Though some speculate a celebration over these results is premature, it is great to see that the softening of policy does not lead to mayhem–especially for those formerly condemned to life sentences.
Getting My Mugger to Explain Why
Tom Symonds, a reporter from across the pond, gives us a play-by-play of his encounter with restorative justice. Honest and intriguing, the article gives a firsthand account of his experience and how it felt to try and correct the behavior of someone who robbed you at knifepoint.
READ MORE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24022774
The Gun Report: September 11, 2013
The September 11th report of shooting victims in the U.S. The Gun Report is posted every day by Joe Nocera on the NY Times blog. A harrowing look at what guns do, every day.