Advocates Hope NY Court Ruling on Warrants for Foster Youth Leads to Reform

Christina Young remembers the day the cops came for her at school.

She was fifteen years old — a sophomore at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business in lower Manhattan. She and four of her friends were sitting together at a table in the school’s large and chaotic cafeteria.

Mariah Charles’ Arrest Is Yet More Proof of Injustices Against Youth of Color

Last Wednesday, we ran a story that began, “Mariah Charles woke up on Tuesday faced with a difficult decision. Does she take a plea to a crime she didn’t commit or go to trial — face the two officers who slammed her to the ground, arresting her on her way to school — and risk losing.”

The Story That Sent Me to Jail

I am writing this from inside a jail cell. I was put here for doing an unremarkable, routine bit of journalism, covering a sentencing in a murder.

Marietta Man Arrested for Exploiting Children

The FBI has arrested a Marietta man for forcing an underage girl into prostitution.  Sly Deon Sampson is charged with four felonies including exploitation of children. Sampson’s arrest at a Marietta hotel is the latest by the Metropolitan Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force, or MATCH.  The task force works with the Atlanta Police Department and other agencies to target the sex trade. As JJIE reported, the Georgia Demand Study, commissioned by A Future. Not a Past., showed that more than 7,000 men pay for sex with underage girls every month. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation and A Future.

Boy Busted for Using a Marking Pen in Class

A 13-year old boy was hauled off to jail last week for using a permanent marker in his Oklahoma City middle school.  A seventh grade math teacher claims the boy tried to hide the marker when she asked him for it. Teacher DeLynn Woodside called police and signed a complaint, saying the child was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.” TheSmokingGun.com broke this story with a link to the arrest records. The teen is accused of violating Municipal Code Section 35-202, originally aimed at stopping graffiti on private property:
No person may possess an aerosol spray paint container or broad-tipped indelible marker on any private property unless the owner, agent, manager, or other person having control of the property consented to the presence of the aerosol spray paint container or broad-tipped indelible marker. The internet is buzzing about the story, which many consider outrageous. One website points out that the law should not apply in this case, because the incident took place in a public school.

Most Kids Arrested Are on Drugs

More than half of teens arrested in San Diego County, CA last year tested positive for at least one drug, and 94 percent admitted using drugs or alcohol at some point, according to research from the San Diego Association of Governments.  Marijuana was the most common drug, with 51 percent testing positive at the time of arrest.   47 percent of these kids said their parents abused alcohol or drugs, too. Half said a parent had been previously arrested and jailed.  Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune