Category: Racial Disparities

Gov. Brown Signs Bills to End Sentencing of 14-And 15-Year-Olds in Adult Criminal Court, Support Exonerated People after Prison

Los Angeles Sentinel By Sentinel News Service Gov. Brown today signed two research-based criminal justice reforms to improve rehabilitation and reduce the odds of re-offending. Senate Bill 1391 prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison. The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that …

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The Victims Who Don’t Count

The Marshall Project By Alysia Santo After his father was murdered in Sarasota, Florida, in 2015, Anthony “Amp” Campbell was in shock. Not only had he lost his role model and supporter, he also worried about coming up with $10,000 to pay for the funeral and burial. Campbell, an Alabama State University football coach, emptied …

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Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance Conference

The Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance (VLEOA) Conference, hosted by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, will include sessions on topics such as implicit bias training, race in policing, and recruitment and retention. The MPD is the primary law enforcement agency for the nation’s capital and has approximately 3,850 sworn police officers and 650 civilian …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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