The state of Washington is one of eight that allows open access to juvenile arrest records. What this means is anybody interested in performing a thorough background check — including landlords, employers, reporters, private investigators or, some worry, less savory people, such as pimps or abusive partners — can walk down to the courthouse and see whether someone ran afoul of the law as a kid.
Meanwhile, Washington’s Administrative Office of the Courts, which oversees the state’s court system, disseminates data files that include juvenile records. These, in turn, are sold to private consumer reporting companies.
But, the Washington state Legislature is considering a bill to change all of that.
The Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center (SIJDC) in Caldwell, Idaho became the first detention facility of any sort to be certified as compliant with the standards of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
The new Juvenile Justice Resource Hub section on racial-ethnic fairness covers the persistent problem of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and details some promising reforms aimed at addressing this inequity, along with other research and best practices in this critical juvenile justice issue.
Despite hundreds of millions in grants to reduce the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system, youth of color still appear in disproportionate numbers in many areas of the system. Continue Reading →
Nine young people stood on a stage last week in San Francisco to read their poetry — and two others detained in juvenile hall had their recorded voices presented. "You can feel the heat and desperation," read student K.M. from his poem about the sun, recorded at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center. The audience also heard student T.K.'s recorded voice: "I'm not a statistic that needs to be saved," he read from his poem "The Story of My Name." The event was WritersCorps Live at the CJM, a public presentation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of poetry created by young people in WritersCorps workshops across the city. Three adults, including Nigerian performance poet Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, also read their work in the intergenerational event. Continue Reading →
“The Anonymous People" is a film that looks at the history of the recovery movement and the anonymity that is central to 12-step programs. But it also looks at the growing movement of people in recovery who are coming out publicly to shed the stigma. Photographer Robert Stolarik documented a screening of the film in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
“The Anonymous People” is a spunky profile of the burgeoning grassroots drug and alcohol recovery movement. The film was made by 30-year-old first time feature length filmmaker Greg Williams, who himself has been in recovery since he was 17-years-old. Continue Reading →