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Private Prisons and the Creation of a Permanent Under Class

Julia Meszaros | Posted 05.11.2014 | Crime
Julia Meszaros

Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.

Treat Children as Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Charging children and youths as adults and incarcerating them with adults is the opposite of an effective intervention that helps young people turn their lives around and decreases crime. It makes our communities less safe.

Prison Is No Place to Grow Up: Why Every State Must Enact Juvenile Justice Reform

David Chura | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David Chura

When we lock up minors in adult prisons the inevitable focus of incarceration becomes that of survival and of bitter resentment and retaliation for mistreatment by the criminal justice system.

Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Growing up poor, Black, and bright in the Bronx without guidance, by the time Darryl Briggs got to high school he already felt completely ignored, almost invisible. None of the teachers noticed his potential and need for academic challenges, or even noticed him at all.

Yoga Behind Bars: Teaching Mindfulness in a Juvenile Detention Facility

The Chopra Well | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

This week's episode of "Urban Yogis" gives us a rare look at the inside of a youth detention facility, where one dedicated yoga instructor is busy changing the lives of teenagers within its walls.

Throwing a Lifeline to Youthful Offenders

Sheila R. Rule | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Sheila R. Rule

The Supreme Court took an important step in the right direction when it barred mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.