[Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.]
ROOM FOR DEBATE: Young Souls, Dark Deeds
The New York Times has a new topic in their excellent Room for Debate section: whether or not it is justifiable to try preteens as adults. We hear from voices we may be more familiar with—big players from the Sentencing Project and the Campaign for Youth Justice—as well as others our advocacy may limit us from hearing as clearly, specifically leaders of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers.
The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts
You need to read this article: “Black children and teens are twice as likely to be killed by guns as by cars, while white children and teens are nearly three times more likely to die in car accidents than because of gun violence.”
All too often we directly associate idle teens with criminal behavior, and no time of the year does this become more apparent than during the long-awaited summer vacation. Many jurisdictions impose earlier curfews in attempts to quell violent crime, as we’ve seen most recently in Baltimore and Detroit. But is this really treating the problem? Recent reports shows that crimes do not increase, but there is actually a “seasonal shift” in the kind of crimes committed.
After an employee at Riverside Academy, a youth detention center in Florida, was accused of exchanging sex with a teenager for use of her cell phone, an investigation discovered that at least 75 incidents at the facility have been investigated by the DJJ. If we are to believe G4S in saying that Riverside Academy “led the state in quality improvement for male residential programs,” we should fear what is happening to our children at every single facility they are contracted to operate.