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.”

3 black walls, dark table on right, wooden bench attached to back wall.

Rikers Doesn’t Put Teens in Solitary; Other New York Jails Do

Solitary confinement is not allowed for inmates younger than 18 at federal and state-run facilities in New York, but for teens like Imani — held in a county jail, waiting for their cases to be heard — it’s a common practice. Local jails use solitary as punishment, and since many counties rarely have separate facilities for juveniles, isolation cells are also routinely used as holding cells for minors.

March for Our Lives: Crowd of New Yorkers hold signs at Saturday gun control protest.

New York Must Stick to Ending Violence by Committing to Close to Home Program

As one of the millions of people across the country and around the world who participated in March for Our Lives events this past weekend, I felt that I was standing on the precipice of a new youth movement that might — just might — change the world in fundamental ways.