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Alexandra Cox
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Alexandra Cox is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz.

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Youth Justice Reforms Affect Adults Too

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 9:40 PM

October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month. It's a time to look at what works in the youth justice system, and what doesn't work. In recent years, a number of states have decided that long-term incarceration does not work to stop youth from offending; as a result, we have seen...

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Charter-style Juvenile Justice?

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 10:48 AM

Public sector unions are at the heart of debates about fixing state-level fiscal crises. The unions, seen to be intransigent and uncooperative, have become convenient targets for lawmakers interested in cutting government "waste." Yet the proposed cuts raise questions across sectors about the efficacy and ethics of a shift to...

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Defending Juvenile Justice?

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 3:30 PM

Last month, Eric Holder announced the Defending Childhood initiative, which seeks to address the impact of violence in children's lives. This multi-million dollar initiative is aimed at both preventing violence but also addressing the role that children's exposure to violence plays in their abilities to thrive into adulthood....

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The Mayor's Cause?

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 1:47 PM

This post was co-authored by Dwayne Betts.

Today, District of Columbia residents voted in the Democratic Primary. In a city where 75 per cent of the voters are Democrats, the election will determine the city's next mayor. It is no secret that the election reflects...

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Why Brain Science Is Bad for Juvenile Justice

(12) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 2:54 PM

The day Christopher Simmons was sentenced to death row in Missouri for a crime he committed when he was seventeen, he probably didn't know his opportunity for freedom lay in the nether regions of his frontal lobe. Simmons' case, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the death...

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