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Pipeline to Prison: Special Education Too Often Leads to Jail for Thousands of American Children

Cody Beck

Cody Beck was 12 years old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside Grenada Middle School. Cody had lost his temper in an argument with another student, and hit several teachers when they tried to intervene. He was taken to the local youth court and then sent to a mental health facility two hours away from his home. Twelve days later, the sixth-grader was released from the facility and charged with three counts of assault.

Cody is one of thousands of children caught up in the juvenile justice system each year. Across the country, students with emotional disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested before leaving high school than the general population. Continue Reading →

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‘We Charge Genocide’ Issues Damning Report on Abuse and Brutality in Chicago

Abuse and Brutality in Chicago

Page May had only one word for it: torture. That was how she and others with the new activist group We Charge Genocide are classifying police brutality in Chicago in a report compiled for the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the findings of which were presented this week before a crowded room of activists at the Jane Adams Hull House. Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: Pleas for Asylum, Interviews with Inmates


This week in juvenile justice: "If you lock people up and don’t teach them something, it’s a lose/lose situation." — "There were things going on at Rikers that were pretty horrific, and one of them was the conditions in the adolescent jail." — Collateral consequence laws do not provide definitive results. And more ... Continue Reading →

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