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Youth Prisons

Youth Prisons Are Factories of Failure: Close Them Down

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Patrick McCarthy

We need to close every youth prison in this country. Permanently. Every one of them.

A Much-Needed Alternative to Youth Prisons

Shaena Fazal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Shaena Fazal

If we don't incarcerate young people in conflict with the law, what do we do with them? The answer is simple: We care for and invest in our young people; resource families and communities to safely hold youth accountable; invest in each young person's success, and; address the root causes of youth crime in the communities where the youth live, all in the context of their homes and neighborhoods.

Huffington Magazine This Week: Juvenile Injustice

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, Chris Kirkham takes an in-depth look at a private prison empire based in Florida. What he learns about the Youth Services International prison system is deeply disturbing.

Huffington Issue 73: Youth Prisons, Neil Patrick Harris And More

Posted 10.28.2013 | Business

In this week's issue of Huffington magazine, we present a powerful investigative feature, six months in the making, that chronicles how a private yout...

A Glimmer of Hope in the CA Budget

Jakada Imani | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Jakada Imani

Finally, there was a silver lining amid the bad news of the California budget. With the Governor's signing of the new budget, the controversial practice of time adds in our youth prisons will finally end bringing a sliver of justice and hope to California youth and families.

Can You Keep a Secret?

Dawn Turner | Posted 07.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Dawn Turner

Our nation's youth, especially in California, need our voices, our advocacy, and our efforts. Let's find ways to invest and believe in our youth, and champion alternatives for reform of the juvenile justice system.

Good News For State's Juvenile Offenders

| Posted 04.11.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery County governments have invested nearly a half-billion dollars over...

Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

Wes Moore | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.

California's Turning Tide on Youth Prisons

Jakada Imani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jakada Imani

Seven years ago, the Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign started calling for closing California's youth prisons. People laughed in our faces.

Black And Latino Youths Are Majorities In Juvenile Prisons, WBEZ Reports

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last year admissions to the detention center of Hispanic youth were 5 times that of white youth. For African-American youth, 30 times higher. 30 times...

Illinois Youth Prisons See More Suicide Attempts

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Suicides at the eight facilities run by the state's Department of Juvenile Justice are rare. But suicide attempts are not. In budget year 2009, the ...