I Used to Love America: How a Racist Jail System Changed Me

I spent my 18th birthday incarcerated, and saw many of my peers do the same. Our formative years formed within the confines of a stagnant system. Jail was the first time I saw the issues of racism and classism in America. Slavery built us, and prisons create an underclass of black and brown color.

Even When NY Police Do Try Their Own, Process Is Far From Transparent

The 2017 department trial of Richard Haste highlights an ambiguous and secret process by which the NYPD disciplines officers. It is the last stop for many families of civilians killed by the NYPD, but the administrative trial process lacks the transparency and impartiality of the criminal and judicial processes it mimics.
“People would say that the trial room is a kangaroo court. It’s not a real court. I disagree,” said police union attorney Stuart London in a later interview inside his Wall St. office. “I think if you make it a real courtroom, it can be a real courtroom.”

Texas, Missouri Debate Next Step on Raise the Age

Brett Merfish had a list of reasons why Texas should raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. She pointed to research showing that states that had already adopted the practice saw crime and recidivism reduced and better outcomes for the juveniles and their families.

A Civil Rights Movement Grows in Brooklyn

Two meetings last week, one in a modest community center across the street from a waterfront Brooklyn housing project, the other in a well-lit assembly room...

Let’s Celebrate Our Success and Work Toward Much-Needed Progress

Our success has been unquestionable. There has been a steep decline in youth incarceration in America and there has even been some progress moving juvenile justice systems away from being punitive and deficit-based and toward positive youth development.