Violent Beginnings: The Hot Dog Story

Every story whether it be fiction, nonfiction, dramatic, happy or sad, all have the same structure, they all have a beginning, a middle and an end.
The same goes for people's lives.


Barry Krisberg on Where Juvenile Justice Goes From Here Under a Trump Administration

Barry Krisberg has been advocating for progressive reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems since the late 1960s. He has seen the pendulum swing back and forth.
What does he say now?
“I think we’re moving into a nightmarish period in terms of the federal role in criminal justice.”

Dear Mr. President,

Dear Mr. President,

You having a chance to become the first African-American president of the United States has set a great example for many troubled, young African-American men like myself.

Moving Police Officers From Enforcers to Protectors

“I hate the police” and other comments, profanity-filled, are shouted to Houston Police officers as they enter a classroom filled with teenagers.


Righting the Wrong: Michael Johnson

On probation by 14 and in prison by 19, 34-year-old Michael Johnson grew up around people who were dismissive of his hopes for a better future, and his history certainly dimmed his work prospects.

We Believed We Were Untouchable

In 1979, my family risked our lives to escape the war in Vietnam and I went and voluntarily placed myself into a war of a different kind; a war that consists of myself and gangs. My parents gave up all they had to seek freedom for our family and I went and lost what little freedom I had.