A New York City diversion program teaches teen graffiti artists arrested for vandalism how to express their art without breaking the law. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
We need to do a much better job ensuring that teens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) are treated equitably by the juvenile justice system. A report from the Equity Project, tells us that LGBTQ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to be placed in a juvenile detention facility. Additionally, Dr. Angela Irvine has found that LGBTQ youth are detained at nearly double the rate of heterosexual teens for status offenses, like skipping school and running away from home. Status offenses are behaviors that constitute a crime merely because the person who engaged in them is not an adult.
Advocates believe this disparity in detention rates is due in part to implicit bias among some police and judicial officers who may feel that these teens would not be safe in the community. Once behind bars, however, they are often anything but safe. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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All children deserve to be treated fairly in the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, all too often, that is not the case for minority youth. Continue Reading →
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 →
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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 premise of the documentary, “The Anonymous People,” is that we need a new way of looking at addiction and recovery. 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 →
Did you know that youth of color are overrepresented at nearly every point of contact with the juvenile justice system? Learn more by watching our group video chat with James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute and Katayoon Majd of the Public Welfare Foundation. Continue Reading →