There’s a lot of progress in revamping what happens to kids on the way to detention centers — in fact, 300 sites in 39 states have changed their approach, with remarkable results, according to the 2014 Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Progress Report.
There’s also stunning progress in modernizing the institutions where youth serve out their sentences.
But inside the walls of detention centers that hold kids for 20 days, on average, before trial? That’s another story.
NEW YORK — Sending people to prison punishes not only criminals but their families, especially their children, participants in a program on prison photography say.
“It’s not just about offenders and victims,” said documentary photographer Gabriela Bulisova during the Thursday panel discussion hosted by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Department of Visual Journalism. “Many of the people affected are children.” Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Funding that goes to states mainly for complying with a federal law designed to protect children in the juvenile justice system would be eliminated under a proposal to be marked up today by a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee. Continue Reading →
ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch served up some sobering statistics today at a national summit on preventing youth violence: More than three of five American children have been exposed to crime, violence or abuse.
“This violence can take many forms and can occur virtually anywhere — from the streets of our neighborhoods to the far reaches of cyberspace; from the schools where our children learn their earliest lessons, to the homes where they should feel most secure,” Lynch said at the fourth National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Continue Reading →
At the age of 16, he came under suspicion for the brutal rape and murder of his high school classmate. After being held in an interrogation room for about eight hours with no parent or attorney present, he confessed to the crime.
Some national leaders later apologized for referring to Baltimore youth as “thugs.” But none has apologized for branding these young people as “criminals." The fact that they were so quick to label them may be explained by a 2014 study by the American Psychological Association. Continue Reading →