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After Lockup, a Question of Care

Louie Chagolla

The first time he got into trouble with a deadly weapon, he was in middle school.

Chagolla, now 20, is out of jail for the second time, and, he claims, for good. Things are different after this release. Chagolla has a mentor. He has job training. He has a high school diploma. He is attending Los Angeles Community Community College. He has a wide network of other young adults also locked up as juveniles who are working to stay healthy, law-abiding and responsible.

Tens of thousands of juveniles in lockup nationally are not getting the education, health care, psychological help and vocational help they need. And that’s a pity, experts say. Continue Reading →

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Georgia First Southern State to ‘Ban the Box’ for Government Jobs

Georgia Governor's Mansion

Georgia is now the first state in the South and the 14th in the nation to bar state agencies from using a criminal conviction as grounds for disqualifying prospective employees. The policy is commonly known as “Ban the Box.” Six states ban the use of such policies by private employers. According to Georgia Justice Project, a legal and social services advocacy group based in Atlanta, 3.8 million Georgians, one in three citizens, have a criminal record. “The research is clear that the best indicator of whether a person with a record will be rearrested is their ability to secure stable employment,” the organization said in a press release. Continue Reading →

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OP-ED: How Not to Raise the Age

Alexandra Cox

Compromises are often necessary in the political process, but not if they stand in the way of racial justice and fundamental fairness. In New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed laudable legislation this week.

Unfortunately, the specifics of the proposal embody significant and damaging compromises. Continue Reading →

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Current Juvenile Justice System ‘Designed to Erode Humanity’: Author

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Just as the “superpredator” label had unfairly distorted perceptions of her young newspaper staff, writer Nell Bernstein said, youth incarceration as a whole is “a system custom-designed to erode humanity.”

“Once you put someone in an orange jumpsuit and put a label like ‘offender’ or ‘delinquent’ on him or her, it’s very easy to start thinking of that person as a different kind of child,” she said. Continue Reading →

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OP-ED: Crime Victims Are Not Who You Think

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As a criminologist, criminal justice researcher and victim advocate, I do want there to be an appropriate response when someone is a victim of crime. But there is a big divide between the popular media image of a victim of crime versus who is most likely to be a victim of crime, according to the data. Continue Reading →

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