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Sessions’ Withdrawal of Justice Department Manuals on DMC Leaves States ‘Directionless’

Seven documents juvenile justice agencies used to track disproportionate arrests of minority youth and compliance with other rules were among the two dozen federal guidance documents the Justice Department recently disavowed, sparking questions and concern across the field. Those documents were part of the batch of two dozen that Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled back last week.

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Jailing Immigrant Families Is Just Incarceration By Another Name

“See, too, that girl of thirteen, weeping, yes! weeping, as she thinks of the mother from whom she has been torn!” —Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” 1852

People do not belong in cages. Youth do not belong in cages. Children do not belong in cages. Babies do not belong in cages.

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Trump’s Racism Coils Around Black Children, South American Immigrants

The weapon of incarceration that terrorizes black families has been turned against people from South and Central America who are fleeing unspeakable violence. Racism — the lifeblood of the Trump presidency — fuels and sustains both systems.

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OJJDP’s New Definition of DMC Raises Many Questions for Harp at Conference

By the time she was posing for pictures on the stage of a Hyatt Regency Washington ballroom just blocks from the Capitol with two teenagers with oversized black hoodies that had the words “We Are Not Gang Members” emblazoned on them, the Trump appointee to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention had done a lot of explaining.

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How Our Coalition Helped Push Big Reforms in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed into law a criminal justice reform package representing significant progress for our state, including many progressive youth justice reforms, in April. Here’s how we helped engineer that.