Category: Racial Disparities

Mar 21

Apply Now: Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellowship

The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) is seeking applications for 2018–2019 Youth Justice Leadership Institute fellowships from advocates and organizers working to transform the youth justice field. The institute is a robust, year-long fellowship program that seeks to clear a broad path for people of color to lead justice system transformations. The program is geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in …

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Mar 19

Greene, Lenoir Counties Working with Courts to Keep Kids out of Jail

The Daily Reflector By Daily Reflector Staff Reducing law enforcement involvement in misconduct at school is one way leaders in Greene and Lenoir counties are trying to keep kids in school and out of court. Judges serving those communities were joined by law enforcement officers and school leaders on Friday to launch the School-Justice Partnership …

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Feb 28

Juvenile Injustice: Racial Disparities in Incarceration Start Early

Colorlines By Alfonso Serrano Much like its adult counterpart, the United States’ juvenile justice system teems with racial disparities and overcrowding in settings inundated with non-violent, low-level offenders, according to a new report. Nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative released Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie on February 27, 2018. Per the report, although Black kids represent less than 14 precent of all …

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Jan 20

How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-Prisoners

Fortune By Jennifer Alsever Richard Bronson made millions on Wall Street in the 1990s, but by 2005 he found himself destitute with no home and no money—and only his sister’s couch on which to sleep. No one would give him a job or even entertain the idea. “I tried to put the past behind me, …

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Jan 11

Is School-Discipline Reform Moving Too Fast?

The Atlantic By Wayne D’Orio One of the more radical transformations in public education today begins with a simple greeting each morning among second-graders. “Good morning, Mahlet,” says one student to another at McMicken Heights Elementary School in SeaTac, Washington. “Good morning, Liliana,” the second student responds. The exercise continues briskly until all 23 students …

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Jan 08

How New Jersey Is Changing Its Juvenile Justice System

New Jersey 101.5 By David Matthau Gov. Chris Christie has announced plans to close two state prisons for juvenile offenders, and replace them with smaller, more modern facilities in more populated parts of the state. One of the prisons being closed is the New Jersey Training School in Monroe Township, known as Jamesburg, which was …

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Jan 03

Governor Cuomo Unveils 22nd Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Office of the Governor On January 3rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 22nd proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda – a sweeping, five-pronged reform package to overhaul the State’s criminal justice system. This comprehensive package—the most progressive set of reforms in the nation—will guarantee fairness for the accused by reshaping New …

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Jan 02

Prosecutors Aren’t Seeking Adult Charges against Kids Nearly as Often in Florida or Jacksonville

The Florida Times-Union By Andrew Pantazi Across Florida, children were less likely last year to be prosecuted as adults than in years past, according to new data released by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Jacksonville and Gainesville had the state’s sharpest declines, with rates dropping to nearly half the previous year’s. Leading up to 2016’s state …

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Oct 29

Black Girls, Who Often Have History of Trauma, Are 11 Times More Likely to Encounter Justice System

WESA By An-Li Herring Black girls in the Pittsburgh region are 11 times more likely than white girls to have contact with the juvenile justice system, according to a 2016 study, Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Nationally, the study notes, black girls are sent to juvenile justice three times as often as …

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Oct 03

Opinion: Maine Voices—Blaming Police for Failures of Mental Health System Is Misplaced

Portland Press Herald By Michael DuBose A recent Maine Voices column criticized police use of force in calls involving minorities afflicted with mental illness. However, assigning sole blame to the police for tragic outcomes gives an unearned pass to the more fundamental cause: the failure of our current mental health system to adequately treat and care …

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