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Entries by Tamar Birckhead from 10/2012

When the Law Doesn't Fit the Crime: Lessons From the Blogosphere

| Posted 10.11.2012 | Crime

Practicing criminal law is not rocket science. It's also not open heart surgery. But it's more than just slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich.

Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill

| Posted 10.20.2012 | Crime

Most adolescents understand intellectually that to kill another human being is wrong. That is precisely why we condemn it and punish those who commit it. But because of the lesser culpability or blameworthiness of young offenders, the punishment should not be as harsh as it is for adults.

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

| Posted 10.26.2012 | Crime

If you sit in juvenile delinquency court long enough, you notice a few things. Most of the kids are black or brown. Almost all of the families are poor. And a huge percentage of the children have problems in school - learning difficulties, mental health needs, behavioral issues, or all three.

Juvenile Hall Is No Place for Kids

| Posted 10.31.2012 | Crime

The rundown building is surrounded by barbed wire. Inside, kids sleep in narrow locked cells, no different from what you'd find in an adult jail. They are subjected to strip searches and attend an hour or two of "school" in a crowded room filled with a random selection of books.