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Youth Incarceration

Missed Debate Question: Where Do You Stand on the Killing of Rickey Ray Rector?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

West Virginia's Troubling Plan to Confine Children at the Dazzy Vance Mountain Resort

Mishi Faruqee | Posted 12.20.2015 | Impact
Mishi Faruqee

A plan to build a new youth institution in West Virginia has raised a series of questions: Is it ever appropriate to take a four-year-old child from h...

States Should Be Asking How -- Not If -- They Should Reduce Youth Incarceration

Erin Davies | Posted 10.26.2015 | Crime
Erin Davies

Instead of building more facilities, Ohio started the RECLAIM program, which provides financial incentives for juvenile courts to serve youth locally in community-based programs.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

Lead Belly and John Legend to Attorney General Lynch: Redress Juvenile Injustices

Liz Ryan | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Liz Ryan

With Loretta Lynch now taking over the helm of the U.S. Department of Justice as the new Attorney General, it is crucial that she takes John Legend's and Lead Belly's concerns into account and focuses on redressing juvenile injustices.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

The Worst Place in the World for a Child

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Charles Radcliffe

Prison really is the worst place in the world to put a child. Which is why, as a response to juvenile criminality, it should only ever be considered a response of absolute last resort.

Jobless On Labor Day

Carla Javits | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business
Carla Javits

Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

This Is What Happens When You Introduce 'Troubled' Black Youth To Theater

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Black Voices

Upworthy asked the question "what happens when you put a bunch of troubled teens in the same acting class?" The answer to it is every bit inspiring as...

Disturbing DOJ Report Finds Sexual Abuse At Juvenile Detention Facilities Is Down, But Still Prevalent

Radley Balko | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

A new report (PDF) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics paints an unsettling picture of juvenile detention centers in the U.S. According to the s...

Drive Change: Delicious Advocacy on the Move in NYC

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 03.20.2013 | New York
Heritage Radio Network

What has four wheels, serves pulled-pork sandwiches and delivers a message of social justice? It's the Drive Change food truck and it's coming to the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn this summer.

If I Can Do It So Can You!

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif HOPE has made me a professional and successful woman, and they can do the same for you. Now I can give my kids a better future and teach them not to make the same mistakes mommy has made.

D.C.'s Experiment To Reform Youth Incarceration

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.26.2012 | DC
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This story also aired on WAMU-FM. By Anne Hoffman Since the first juvenile court was established in the late 1800s, the U.S. judicial system has been...

How Much is a Homeless Teenager Worth?

Ed Shurna | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago
Ed Shurna

A group of homeless youth who are part of an organization known as the Hello Youth Group made a YouTube video and then went to the state capitol in Springfield to talk with legislators.

Lent: A Reflection On The Sin of Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencing

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When a life sentence stands between a child and redemption, it's a cross of sorrow we all bear. When we adults allow the penalty to get the best of an imprisoned child, we all lose.

A Rupture In The Youth Pipeline To Prison

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Jacqueline Caster

It's time America finally bucks the influence of those who financially benefit from an expanded prison industry as well as the "tough on crime" contingency and invest serious dollars in a "diversion track" to perfectly parallel the juvenile justice system of incarceration.

Lizzie Schiffman

Do In-School Police Officers Do More Harm Than Good? | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- As Chicago Public Schools have become increasingly dependent on the police department to control student behavior on school grounds, a disp...

D.C.'s Juvenile Justice System Sees Real Change

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo In Washington D.C., the...

It's Not What We Say, It's What We Do That Matters

Catherine Meek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Catherine Meek

When we spend almost 30 times as much money locking youth up as educating them, how can we say that education matters? I'm tired of talk. Let's educate our kids.

No More Life Without Parole - It's About Time

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Reginald Dwayne Betts My story was in...

U.S. Shouldn't Jail Youth For Life

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

How the Supreme Court rules in two cases concerning juvenile incarceration could determine whether sentencing juveniles to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment.