If we see that students are continually failing, what good do grades do to that student? All they see is failure. Shouldn't we go to a skills-based report that identifies the real issues the students have, not how many points they need to pass?
There is a third period in the maturation process where people are no longer children, but not yet adults. A three-tiered justice system, including a system for 18 to 25 year-olds, could improve the futures of youth who have committed crimes and enhance public safety as well.
When most Americans hear the familiar constitutional phrase "cruel and unusual punishment" they can tell you what it means, at least to them. Putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement is high on my list of "cruel and unusual punishment."
Robert Dugoni has written an edge-of-your-seat thriller in The Conviction. This novel has a plot that grabs readers from the first few pages and holds them by the throat until the final problems have been solved or unraveled.
The time has come for juvenile direct file reform in Colorado. Brain research has come a long way since 1993, and we are so close to using this evidence and research to guide our juvenile justice system.
House Bill 1271 improves the system of selecting youth for adult prosecution by providing youth due process; the right to a hearing and judicial review over the decision to remove them from juvenile court.
Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.
Let the good news roll -- the reports, the endorsements, the calls to action -- but let's do something about the harsh, demeaning, counter-intuitive prison conditions we force young people to live in while insisting that they grow and change.