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Author Archives: Tamar Birckhead
One of the best teaching experiences I’ve ever had occurred earlier this year when I had the privilege to teach an introduction to fiction course at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women (see photo). The UNC student newspaper, The … Continue reading
If I had to name a single U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively highlights the entrenched problems of the American criminal justice system, it would be Montgomery v. Louisiana: from the 1963 murder of Charles Hurt Jr., a white deputy sheriff … Continue reading
From Colonial times until the mid-1800s, it was common practice in the United States to jail people who failed or were unable to pay their debts, a practice that many, including the Supreme Court, have since recognized as a violation … Continue reading
Several months ago, an 8-year-old boy in Alabama was charged with the murder of a 1-year-old girl named Kelci Lewis. The authorities announced that the girl’s mother and a friend had left six children, none older than 8, at home … Continue reading
One of the best juvenile justice advocacy organizations in the U.S., the Juvenile Law Center, seeks a dedicated, creative, and experienced lawyer to join their legal staff. The attorney should have a minimum of five years of experience in juvenile … Continue reading
Nearly on a daily basis, there are excellent long form articles and other stories on juvenile justice-related topics on the web. I try to keep up via several sources, including my Twitter feed (yes, if you’re not on Twitter and following … Continue reading
Recently I sat in the main office of a racially-diverse middle school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, waiting to speak with a guidance counselor. I arrived early in the morning, and the school resource office (SRO) assigned to the school … Continue reading
Know an advocate or organizer who wants to set the youth justice world on fire? The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) is now accepting applications to the 2016-17 Youth Justice Leadership Institute. The Institute is a robust, year-long fellowship … Continue reading
Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed captured the attention of the public last Fall when he was arrested during his first weeks at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, for bringing a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. This simple act qualified … Continue reading
By David Pasley, UNC Law 2017 Letters to a Lifer: the Boy “Never to be Released” by Cindy Sanford, with a foreword by Jeanne Bishop, is a powerful and touching narrative that illustrates the folly of life sentences for juvenile … Continue reading