By Beth Navon for Good.is Feb. 13, 2013
The Lineage Project’s mission is to keep young people, ages 11 to 24, out of the juvenile/criminal…Continue
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Dear Members and Friends of PDN,
For the past 23 years we have been lighting candles in the darkness for tens of thousands of prisoners and their families caught in the machinery of a growing prison industrial complex that relies on depleting community resources in order to…Continue
Added by Fleet Maull on November 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
When most Americans hear the familiar constitutional phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” they can tell you what it means, at least to them. Hanging. Flogging. Chopping a hand off. Chain gangs.
Putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement is high on my list of “cruel and unusual punishment.” What else do you call locking up fifteen, sixteen year olds, some even younger, in total isolation for 24 hours a day, in some cases for months at a time, never leaving their…Continue
“You don’t care about the victims. All you care about are those kids.”
It was a comment I’ve heard in one form or another at book events, at juvenile justice talks I’ve given, or in response to pieces I’d written about our national policy of retribution towards troubled kids. I have to admit, though, this guy…Continue
I didn’t expect my talk to a class of criminal justice majors at a local community college to be any different from the other workshops, presentations and classes I’d done. The students had read my book for class. I figured I’d talk about the book, about my 10 years teaching high school kids locked up in an adult county jail, and about juvenile justice issues in general. The usual topics. But when I asked the students to go around and say what area of criminal justice they wanted to pursue,…Continue
from RonArtest.com: Mental Health and World Issues, June 8, 2012
What do yoga mats and prisoners have in common? Both are in high demand. With an overcrowded prison population in the US, it is not shocking to find around 60-67% of inmates return to prison within 3 years of their release…Continue
|Corrections Mentality: Here for Punishment or as Punishment?|
|By Andrew Nolen, Officer, MSCJ/FP|
|Published: 05/21/2012 www.corrections.com|
In my first article…
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By Michelle Alexander for the New York Times, March 11, 2012
AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of…Continue
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Arizona’s legislature recently passed a law charging prison visitors a onetime $25 fee as a way to help close the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Middle Ground Prison Reform, a prison advocacy group, challenged the law in court as a discriminatory tax, but a county judge upheld its constitutionality.
Fees like that, slapped on prisoners and their families, couldn’t be more…Continue
Added by David Chura on February 1, 2012 at 8:49am — No Comments
If anyone doubts that the young people locked up in our jails are children they should spend some time in one of those prisons around holiday time.
I did just that for the 10 years I taught high school students, some as young as fifteen, in an adult county jail, and every year it got tougher to deny the impact being locked up for the holidays had on these teens.
Jail’s a pretty isolating place. That’s one of the ideas. But in lockup they watched a lot of TV—that great purveyor…Continue
Added by David Chura on December 22, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments
There’s been some good news in the media lately for anyone who cares about kids and justice. Federal statistics show that the number of juvenile offenders in jail has dropped by at least 25%. Along those same lines, the New York Times recently reported that New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has called for moving most juvenile cases from criminal court to family…Continue
by David Chura
Now that all the high school graduations are over and the backyard barbeques celebrated, I’m finally coming down from the contact high of all that youthful exuberance and optimism.
It’s easy to get swept up into those good feelings. But now as I move into summer’s quieter months, I can’t help thinking about the high school students I taught in a county penitentiary and what “commencement” meant for them.
Success never came easily to my students. Why…Continue
The statistics are grim, but the reality behind those numbers is even grimmer for the many young people locked up in US adult prisons. Since publishing I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, about my years teaching in a New York county jail, I spend a lot of time writing, talking and hearing from families, professionals, and the young people themselves about the failures of our child welfare and criminal justice…Continue
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At the beginning of my ten years teaching teenagers in a county lockup, years I chronicle in I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup (Beacon
Press), I was always surprised, and yes, disappointed, when one of my students
Jail’s a sobering place no matter how tough you want to think you are. The deprivation, brutality,…Continue
Statewide test day and Damian was psyched. He didn’t sleep much the night before from worrying. Still, he was there on time, ready to go. Now he sat hunched over his desk, head down, lips moving as he read, his pen
carefully inching across the paper.
He was like any other kid in his grade taking the mandated English exam. The only difference was that he was locked up in an adult county jail in Westchester,…Continue
Added by Fleet Maull on September 13, 2010 at 7:49pm — No Comments
Over any teacher’s career—in my case, 26 years of teaching high school English to at-risk teenagers, the last 10 of those years in an adult county jail—you get asked lots of questions. Some about the topic
you’re teaching; others, well, it’s hard to know where they come from.
But there’s one question I heard a lot, most frequently from my jail
students, “Why don’t you teach in a real school?”
This usually happened when a lesson went well and a kid…Continue
Added by David Chura on September 13, 2010 at 11:48am — No Comments
I’ve done a number of interviews since publishing I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, and I find, like many authors, that I’m often asked the same questions. “I can answer them in my sleep,” I heard
one author grumble. I felt the same way until I started to really listen to the
questions and give them deeper thought.…
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