Fewer DACA Students Enrolling in California Colleges

With President Donald Trump announcing his intent to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, college students in California fear this will affect their status in the United States.

Woman seen from back, dressed in black, behind bars, with only hair spotlighted.

Pennsylvanian With Life Sentence Deserves Chance at Facing Victim’s Family, Parole

Several years ago I wrote an opinion column about Marie Scott, a 19-year-old woman sentenced to life without parole in 1973 by the criminal justice system in Philadelphia.
Today, her co-defendant remains in prison waiting for his parole date. Leroy Saxton was 16 years old when he shot their victim to death.

Self-esteem: Flower struggles to break through cracked pavement.

Low Self-esteem, Feeling Alone Let the Gangs, Streets Shape Me

I am 38 years old. I have been incarcerated almost 15 years now. I have a sentence of LWOP (life without parole) plus 25 to life for a first-degree murder with drive-by enhancement. I was raised in the Bay Area on the Oakland side of the water. My family was big. Dad’s side was Mexican, mom’s side was white.

Young tattooed man in ball cap break dancing, on his toes, hands on knees, on wall background.

Writing Raps Helps Reduce Recidivism in Youth of Color

While our nation’s steadily declining rates of juvenile incarceration are encouraging, widening racial disparities are a pressing call for concern. Racial disparities often begin in the school system and persist at each stage of juvenile justice contact, affecting the lives of youth before and far beyond incarceration.

Probation: Man in dark jacket, ball cap sitting behind desk talks to youth in dark hoodie, blue checked pants who has hoodie up, hiding his face.

Juvenile Probation Needs to Join 21st Century With Developmental Approach

In July 2017, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), adopted a resolution in support of developmentally appropriate juvenile justice probation services. The resolution, which built on earlier NCJFCJ policies, made clear that it “supports and is committed to juvenile probation systems that conform to the latest knowledge of adolescent development and adolescent brain science.”

Gun violence: Gun lying on desk with 3 blue-covered books, paper with word School on it and pencil holder with pens, pencils, ruler; geometry drawing on blackboard is in background.

Applying Escalation Model to School Shootings Can Keep Everyone Safer

The tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018 reawakened our national terror of school shootings and renewed a contentious national debate about the need for school safety, gun control and mental health. We are suddenly even more desperate to keep our students safe, mortified by the image of an enraged gunman roaming the halls of our children’s schools.

Gun control: Colorful mural shows positive slogans, young man holding up tiny people on his hands, young woman blowing the seeds off a puffball.

Brooklyn Students Use ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ to Explore Solutions to Gun Violence

It’s early evening on a warm Tuesday in March, and a handful of teenagers are commanding rapt attention in a corner of a Chelsea art gallery. They’ve just performed a short theater piece of their own devising, an exploration of gun violence and the twisting, ricocheting trajectory that one bullet can follow through a community.