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NY Teens Refuse to Accept Gun Violence

New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the country but that hasn’t stopped gun violence from affecting the lives of many. According to the Crime, Arrest and Firearm Activity report issued by New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 127 gun deaths in 2015.

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Working Ranch Integrates ACEs, Animals Into Treatment for Teens

Although it’s too soon to tell if integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) sciences is making a difference for the teens living at Home on the Range, a residential treatment center in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, it’s made a huge difference for the people who work there.

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Georgia Court: Students Can Stand Their Ground

Students’ right to self defense was recently upheld in a Georgia Court of Appeals case, in which a student claims she was wrongfully expelled under harsh zero-tolerance discipline policies that neglect state law’s protection.

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Youth Need Substance Abuse Help in Communities, Experts Say

Adolescents with substance abuse problems too often cannot access treatment unless they land in the juvenile justice system, experts say.
Relying on the justice system to treat substance abuse also means treatment is rooted in racial divisions, says Evan Elkin, national executive director of Reclaiming Futures. Youth of color are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system.
“We operate two public health systems in America. One is for people of color and one is for the white population. Public health is mediated through the justice system,” he said.

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‘Plastic Toy Guns Are Not Dangerous Weapons, It’s the Officers’

Nicholas Heyward Sr., 58, remembers the night. It was a warm Tuesday in 1994 and the sun had yet to set. Neighborhood children trickled into the Gowanus Houses, the Brooklyn housing project where he lived, answering their parents’ calls, while others stayed outside to enjoy the remainder of a beautiful fall day.