via the Beyond Bars campaign: a new video from the Safekeepers video series

From the video description: “Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.” When he noticed that all of his team’s drug raids were in black areas, he suggested doing the same in the suburbs. His boss didn’t take kindly to the idea.”

via the Chicago Reporter: “Striking a Major Chord: a music teacher reaches out to this students through his art

How Dyryl Burnett is sharing his passion for music with his students– most of whom are from poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. Burnett, who grew up on the West Side, teaches music making to his class– last year they made a full length mix tape together. Burnett says, “Music allows me to teach life to them. That’s what I am attempting to do.”

via the Philadelphia Enquirer: “N.J’s alternatives to juvenile incarceration are dropping rates”

Good news: A recent Kids Count Special Report has revealed that the number of youth jailed in New Jersey in 2011 was 60% lower than 2004. Employing alternative forms of supervision, such as in-home monitoring and mandatory attendance at day center, is saving money and lives from being wasted in an ineffective system. Cecila Zalkind, executive director of the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, stated, “For years, New Jersey locked up thousands of juveniles, often for minor, nonviolent crimes, warehousing them in overcrowded, unsafe detention centers…Today, we have a completely different system that safely keeps most youth out of lockup and works to put these children on a path to productive adulthood.”

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