Seventeen years ago, at the age of 16, I sat in a juvenile hall holding cell waiting to be booked in on first-degree murder charges, three attempted murders, a gun and gang enhancement. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
One year after the HRC review, CUNY Law School’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) and its partners issued a Report Card to evaluate U.S. progress on youth justice issues. Continue Reading →
The research found no connection to increased violence based on a person’s mental health condition. When substance abuse and dependence were included, however, a different picture emerged. Continue Reading →
More than 20,000 American children were placed in group homes unnecessarily and for longer periods than they should, at higher cost to taxpayers and often to the kids’ detriment, according to data from 2013, the latest available. Continue Reading →
The four of us are students in a course taking place at a maximum-security juvenile facility in upstate New York for young people charged as adults. Two of us are incarcerated there; two of us are college students at SUNY New Paltz. We are all from New York City. Continue Reading →
Marcos Barbery, who works for Orleans Public Defenders, was one of about a dozen juvenile advocates who spoke about a local campaign to keep criminal suspects as young as 14 out of one of the most dangerous jails in the country. Continue Reading →
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 →
Arrested in 1991 at age 17, my oldest son Ralph was the youngest person swept up in a Florida drug ring led by adults. His unfathomable fate was three life-without-parole sentences. Continue Reading →
Are the children in your state provided the critical rights that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees? Continue Reading →