[Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.]
Have you taken the Mistakes Kids Make pledge?
Mistakes Kids Make is a rad awareness campaign / storytelling project sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. Their goal is to “remind us that the mistakes we make as kids should not ruin the rest of our lives or the lives of our families.” It may seem simple to you justice-minded folks but it’s working towards an important shift in perspective that needs to occur nationwide to alter how we think about and treat youth misbehavior.
Take the pledge here: http://mistakeskidsmake.org/#domore
On a lighter/loosely related note…
via Buzzfeed: ‘8 Classic Zack Morris Moments That Today Could Totally Have Landed Him Behind Bars’
via Campaign for Youth Justice: ‘Tolerance in Schools for Latino Students: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline’
On April 15, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute hosted a critical discussion on how key stake holders (ie: policy makers, community advocates, and school administrators) must work together to change existing policies and practices to ensure that kids stay in school. Unfortunately, according to CFYJ, “rather than attempt to remedy this cycle, Congress is currently considering adding more police officers to schools, which only exacerbates the issue.”
What can you do? Read and share the article HERE
AND sign in support of the 2014 Youth Justice Budget HERE
The question posed at the outset of the article is Can computer algorithms reduce America’s prison population? The answer is quite possibly. The algorithm comes in the form of a data-based tool that “compiles risk factors for individual defendants, such as prior convictions, age, substance abuse history, education and employment.” The information is entered into the tool, which then spits out data on incarceration costs and recidivism rates for similar defendants in the last five years. Michael Wolff, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, “suggested that the program could combat inconsistencies between judges.”
Read the entire article HERE
The Ella Baker Center reports that San Mateo County has plans to build a new jail on land so polluted that the Department of Toxic Substances Control cleared the land for purely commercial use– IE non-residential. As the article states, this proposal to build a center for incarceration on toxic land shows two things about society and government: “First, incarceration is seen as an industry rather than a place where prisoners live…Second, it reveals something about how we systematically expose the same groups of disadvantaged people to toxic and over-polluted environments.”
Read the entire piece HERE
[The Short List is published on Tuesday mornings and features highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.]