The Compton (Calif.) Unified Board of Education approved in July allowing campus police officers to have AR-15 rifles on school grounds.
There was no community input.
The policy allows campus police officers to buy AR-15 assault rifles for use on all campuses within the district. The rifles will be stored in locked cases and placed in secure but accessible areas like patrol car trunks.
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.
We don’t always understand the world as well as we imagine, especially when it comes to the effects of public policy.This includes the crime rate and the impact of various interventions on it. Despite our lip service to data driven practices and the illusion of scientific predictability, things aren’t as clear cut as statisticians, social scientists and other public policy wonks would have us believe. Worldwide there has been an ongoing drop in crime, but no one really understands why. Here in the United States things are often unclear as well. For example, consider the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Continue Reading →
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 →