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Juvenile Detention

Rebecca Klein

The Education Being Provided To This Group Of Students Is Absolutely 'Inadequate,' Says Study | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

The education provided to young inmates in the juvenile justice system is grossly inadequate and generally ineffective, according to a report released...

High Cost, Young Age: Sentencing Youth to a Life of Debt

Kate Weisburd | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Kate Weisburd

When young people graduate from the juvenile justice system, they have, by any reasonable measure, repaid their debt to society. But one debt is not easily repaid: the hundreds and even thousands of dollars in fines, fees and restitution that young people and their families owe as a result of their cases.

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

For too long, we have tolerated the imposition of severe consequences for simple mistakes -- at a cost we can no longer endure.

Growing Gritty Kids

Andrew Andestic | Posted 11.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Andrew Andestic

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGuess who was one of the youngest talent show contestants at his school? And guess who still has a mild tantrum when a new concept does not come easy? Sometimes intelligence is not an advantage.

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.

The Price of Retribution

Bertha Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bertha Lewis

New York is the only state other than North Carolina to prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Of those that are sentenced to adult prison, 80 percent are black and Latino.

Calculating "Return On Mission": Music as Medicine for Imprisoned Boys

Student Reporter | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

By Stephanie Ormston, MBA Candidate, Boston University School of Management How do we measure a return on human development? Genuine Voices, a non-pr...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Xavier McElrath-Bey | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Xavier McElrath-Bey

My life course is a testament of the human potential for positive change, and I am in no way an exception. I personally know many individuals who have gone through similar experiences and are now living positive and productive lives.

Education Under Arrest: Taking America Out of Its Comfort Zone

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Schools have literally become gateways to prison, instead of gateways to learning. When we wrapped filming, I kept thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way." Thankfully, there is.

It's Time for Common Sense School Discipline

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Rather than giving all of our kids an opportunity to succeed, expelling and criminalizing young people pulls the rug out from underneath them at childhood, steering them away from college or career, and redirecting them on the path of dropping out and prison.

Boys, Aged 7 And 11, Accused Of Attempted Robbery

AP | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday. The boys tried to carjack a 22...

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

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.

A Decade in Detention for Former Child Soldier

Jennifer Turner | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Turner

Now 25, the full beard Omar Khadr has grown since his imprisonment in 2002 obscures the fact that he was only 15 when he was shot and captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Do We Have Any Other Choice?

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we mourn the loss of the innocent victims in Colorado, is it possible that we can expand our collective broken hearts to include compassion for suspect James Holmes?

Kagan's Elegant Principle: Children Are Different

Mark Osler | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

The idea that we can look at a 14-year-old and know that he will be evil his entire life reflects a dangerous certainty -- that we somehow know which children will be a danger in 30, 40 or 50 years. Perhaps most importantly, it runs against the beliefs of a faithful nation.

Liberty and Justice for All!

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.06.2012 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This week we celebrated the Fourth of July! A holiday we associate with fireworks, flags, picnics at the beach and our independence. So why was my first thought when I woke up on this day of frolic about teen girls in a juvenile detention center?

Trymaine Lee

Juvenile Offenders Sentenced To Life Can Face Harsher Treatment Than Adults: Report | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.16.2012 | Black Voices

Bobby Hines was fresh out of eighth grade when he and two older boys confronted a suspected drug dealer in Detroit whom they believed had stolen a fri...

Government Should Restore Fidelity in the Juvenile Justice System

Bonnie Saltzman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Denver
Bonnie Saltzman

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.

Is California Juvenile Correction So Bad? Bill Sessa Says, No.

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo In 2005, California's juvenile prison system got a face lift. The name changed from CYA, short for California Youth Authority, to t...

Yoga and Breathing Helps Juveniles Reflect on Their Actions

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

At Crossroads, the metallic locked juvenile detention center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Bart van Melik, 34, a slim Dutchman with a receding hairline, prepares for his weekly yoga class.

Homegirl Café: Where Rival Gang Members Unite

Organic | Posted 04.28.2012 | Food

Despite the desperate backgrounds of Homegirl Café trainees -- everyone is either a previous gang member, drug addict, previously incarcerated or all three -- the place has a sunny interior, colorful artwork on the walls, and food that is fresh and delicious.

Going for the Gold

John Merrow | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Who have been the primary beneficiaries of "school reform?" Duh, the for-profit companies! While consultants and think tanks have done OK, the real money has been in testing and textbooks and technology and construction.

Private Prison Inmates Charged Five Dollars Per Minute For Phone Calls

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.18.2011 | Business

For inmates at one Georgia prison, a one minute phone call could cost them five times more than they earn for a day of work. The Correction Corpor...

In Cook County, One Year Of Juvenile Jail Time Is More Expensive Than A Year At Harvard

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

In advance of releasing her $3 billion spending plan for 2012, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke about one expense she hopes to slash...