Week in Review: Pleas for Asylum, Interviews with Inmates

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In Their Own Words, Inmates Discuss the Riddle of Juvenile Justice

In Their Own Words, Inmates Discuss the Riddle of Juvenile Justice John Howard Association of Illinois

In their own words: “If you lock people up and don’t teach them something, it’s a lose/lose situation.”

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A Rikers Island juvenile detention facility officer walks down a hallway of the jail, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in New York.The Interview: New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman on Rikers

“There were things going on at Rikers that were pretty horrific, and one of them was the conditions in the adolescent jail. … it’s so difficult to get access to jails and prison systems that often the voices of the folks most directly impacted are left out of the public debate.”

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Collateral Consequence Laws: Harsh Add-Ons or Necessary Crime Deterrents?

Even when adult or juvenile inmates are freed, many remain shackled by laws that make it difficult for them to get welfare, vote, obtain a drivers license and find stable housing and employment. These laws are called collateral consequence laws — formal restrictions on a person following their conviction.

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Looking Ahead: What Should OJJDP, Policymakers Do for Juvenile Justice?
Juvenile justice policy at the federal level is in a state of uncertainty right now, but five key recommendations by the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice are already being incorporated by the OJJDP and federal policymakers.

A Life-and-Death Struggle for Asylum in America
To win asylum, or refugee status, even children have to go beyond simply proving that they’re being truthful about terrifying experiences.

OP-ED: Police Still Getting Away With Murder
The relationship between police and the black community is only getting worse and cannot be changed if steps aren’t taken to alleviate or end these horrible events.

OP-ED: Ripple of Hope for Dual Status Youth
We have substantial knowledge about what it takes to mitigate the effects of maltreatment and bend the trajectory for youth away from continued delinquency and its adverse consequences. The sum of this knowledge imposes an ethical imperative upon all of us working for children and youth to collaborate and make use of our resources to enact reform.

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