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School Shootings Focus Defies Statistics on Where Children Die From Gunfire

Shooting deaths of children is a serious problem that needs to be addressed in this country, as does the problem of such deaths for adults. Statistics show that of all the world’s children under 14 who died from gun homicide in 2016, 91% of them were Americans! That statistic alone should shock and appall us and should motivate our legislators to seek solutions to reduce this unnecessary death toll.

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Florida Lawmakers Should Visit, Learn More About State’s Prisons

Florida’s prisons are in crisis, and public safety hangs in the balance. Plagued by years of documented problems in staffing, safety, programming, health care, maintenance and litigation, history tells us that the Florida prison system will not fix itself. The reality is that another year without meaningful action by the Florida Legislature assures our prison system will persist as one of the most dangerous and unmanageable corrections systems in the nation. Floridians deserve a deliberate and accountable response, one that is informed by a realistic understanding of the system.

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My Story, My Transformation As a Proud Trans Man

My name is J for all of you who don’t know me. I’m a transgender male, which means I was born as a female with the female anatomy, but transitioning into a male. Some of you might not know what a transgender is or why people change to become a transgender. It’s actually really important to know, even if you are not in the LGBTQ community yourself, because you will most likely come across someone who is.

National Juvenile Justice Network Honors Two For Advocacy

Leaders. Advocates. Crusaders for juvenile justice. Two women, both intent on “changing the system,” have been honored by the National Juvenile Justice Network.
Utah attorney Nubia Peña has won the National Juvenile Justice Network’s (NJJN) 2019 Youth Justice Emerging Leader Award. Each year, the NJJN honors a person who is dedicated to reforming the youth justice system by advocating for the fair treatment of young people, promoting racial equity and actively working towards the use of community-based alternatives to incarcerating kids.

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Only One Alabama Program Works on Domestic Violence Plus Firearms

When Susan Shipman took a job as a bookkeeper at a women’s shelter in Anniston in 2003, she didn’t realize how close to her own home violence already was.

“I signed up for a flexible, part-time job,” Shipman, 57, said. “And I found myself in the movement to end violence against women.” 

By 2006, Shipman was the executive director of 2nd Chance Inc., a nonprofit safety and support organization for victims of domestic and sexual violence serving nearly 500 women and children annually in North Alabama.

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First Season of Podcast on Immigrant Youth

The JJIE Resource Hub staff are pleased to introduce the first season of “The Hubcast,” our new occasional podcast series. In these brief but informative episodes we will compile and present the latest facts and resources related to timely juvenile justice topics. The debut season of the Hubcast focuses on immigrant youth and the justice system and is available now on the Hub at our Snapshots page. Like our Snapshots, which are produced in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network, the occasional Hubcast series allow us to share information, resources and policy directions on current juvenile justice topics that span beyond the topics covered in our main Hub sections. Season one on immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system explores over three episodes the demographics of immigrant youth, relief options, consequences that stem from system involvement, policy recommendations from experts in the field and more. 

Each episode also has a “Show Notes” link, which includes the episode transcript and a list of resources for listeners who want to learn more.

Time to Treat Epidemic Violence As a Contagious Disease

Violence is the only major health epidemic not currently managed by health and public health methods. As a result, many areas throughout the world continue to experience unmanaged violence epidemics, including local epidemics of community violence, domestic violence, hate crimes, mass shootings, belief-inspired violence, violent recruitment and terrorism, group-on-group violence, violence between states and violence against oneself, or suicide.