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.
News reports and lists of recipients of surplus hardware reveal that assault-style rifles, armored vehicles and other military supplies have been handed over to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.
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.
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 →
Running a prison is difficult under any circumstances. With conflicting demands to provide both security and rehabilitative services, and often understaffed and poorly funded, it’s not surprising that most prisons struggle to rise above the level of hellhole. Continue Reading →