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Cultivating Better Futures for Troubled Bronx Youths

A youth works on the soil of the urban farm at Brook Park in the south Bronx.

They could have been locked up for offenses ranging from theft to assault to armed robbery.

Instead, they planted vegetables at an urban farm, painted a mural to honor a community activist, staged a youth talent show, organized “safe parties” for teens at a local community center – away from the gunfire and stabbings outside.

The youths came up with a smorgasbord of ways to improve their impoverished Bronx, N.Y., neighborhood as part of the non-profit Community Connections for Youth’s South Bronx Community Connections (SBCC) initiative. Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: Pleas for Asylum, Interviews with Inmates

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This week in juvenile justice: "If you lock people up and don’t teach them something, it’s a lose/lose situation." — "There were things going on at Rikers that were pretty horrific, and one of them was the conditions in the adolescent jail." — Collateral consequence laws do not provide definitive results. And more ... Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: Prison Reform, Homeless Students and Youth Employment

Week in Review - Prison Reform, Homeless Students and Youth Employment

This week in juvenile justice: Louisiana’s prison reform efforts haven’t gone nearly far enough, according to people close to the system. In New York, officials from Rikers Island announced plans to eliminate such confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates. The difficult circumstances of two homeless KSU students are shown in the latest photo essay by JJIE's BOKEH. A report chronicles the journey of six young serious offenders through Illinois’ criminal justice system. Continue Reading →

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