The boys at the table in the Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles are tense. Teacher Johnny Kovatch doesn’t hold back, aggressively pushing them to write more and dig deeper inside themselves.
Their first writing prompt is the word “pressure.” A student begins to rap: “I regret giving into the pressure, when I should have been sitting in lectures.”
The youth is ready to admit his mistakes. He is ready to move on, away from a life of crime. It’s heart-warming. Chills follow, though, as he notes he’s just at the start of a 13-year sentence. Nobody is in the classroom just for the good feelings.
In 1997, as the youngest chief of police to be elected to the city of Westwego, La.’s municipal office, I was confident in my ability to serve and protect. My previous law enforcement training and experience taught me the value of holding citizens accountable for law violations — including adolescents. Community safety was of paramount concern and the reason I was elected.
Nearly one in five children in the United States lived in poverty last year, with a much higher proportion of poverty among African-American and Hispanic children, new U.S. Census figures released Tuesday show.
More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter Monday to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s and even grenade launchers.
The Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center in Toledo, Ohio, has 125 beds. On Wednesday, only 17 of them were occupied, says Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon, of the Lucas County Juvenile Court. Continue Reading →
How do you measure a youth’s success after they’ve gone through the juvenile justice system? Stellar grades and a job at a Fortune 500 company may set the bar a little high — so many states rely on recidivism rates, which track whether juveniles have repeated run-ins with the law. Continue Reading →
It was early August, exactly two months after the largest raid in New York City history at the Grant and Manhattanville housing projects, when 20 people, mostly older folks, crammed into the Community Board 9 office in a tiny storefront in Harlem. Continue Reading →
Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died Monday at 93, founded group homes for disadvantaged children in 1987, the WinShape Homes. In October 2010, he spoke to Chandra Thomas-Whitfield, who was then a JJIE reporter, about why he became involved with children. Continue Reading →
A boxing training program in juvenile detention helps one young man fulfill his dream of winning a pair of Golden Gloves. JJIE Washington correspondent Gary Gately reports on the state of the JJDPA reauthorization. Opinion pieces explore JLWOP and the relationship between juvenile justice and public policy. Continue Reading →