Week in Review: Solitary Confinement, Poverty and Militarized Police

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Truthworker Theatre Co. Puts the Spotlight on Solitary Confinement

Kayla Brathwaite in "Bar Code: A performative analysis of the school to prison pipeline," a production by Truthworker Theatre Company.

A collaboration with an unusual theater group over the last few months has lifted the spirits of a man on death row and given his life renewed purpose.

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Children's Rights Groups Against Giving School Cops Military HardwareMore than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter Monday to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s and even grenade launchers.

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Compton Community Protests Militarization of School PoliceCompton, Calif., approved the use of AR-15 assault rifles by school police on school campuses without input from the community. Now, the community is making sure its voice is heard.

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MORE HEADLINES: 

OJJDP Should Strengthen DMC Requirement: Report
States face no real federal pressure to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, a new report says.

Few Harlem Youths at Planning Meeting Against Violence
Is there a disconnect between Harlem youth and the institutions who want to help them?

Census: Nearly 1 in 5 Children in U.S. in Poverty
Nearly one in five children in the United States lived in poverty last year, with a much higher proportion of poverty among African-American and Hispanic children, new U.S. Census figures released Tuesday show.

OP-ED: Our Words Break Down ‘Stern Disinterest’ of Incarcerated Youth
This summer I visited Rikers Island in New York along with 15 other members of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) and had a chance to speak with the inmates.


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