Category Archives: Conditions of Confinement

KIDS in Jail: Narrative Nonfiction about Youth Incarceration

By Jane Guttman, Correctional Educator and Author This story emerged from my work inside a juvenile hall school for the past 14 years.  I have seen a range of incidents, cruelty, and traumas that kids have endured in the juvenile … Continue reading

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Juvenile Defense: Small Steps can have Ripple Effects, One Case at a Time

Recently I was in juvenile delinquency court in North Carolina with one of my clients, whom I’ll call Alexis. The 13-year-old African-American girl had just heard from the judge that she would continue to be detained in a juvenile jail … Continue reading

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Children in Isolation: The Solitary Confinement of Youth

Ismael Nazario was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., by his mom, a single parent who always emphasized the importance of education and doing well in school. When Ismael was 13, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she underwent chemotherapy … Continue reading

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Telling the Whole Truth about Juvenile Incarceration Rates

While a new report finds that juvenile incarceration rates are declining in the United States, there is more to the story than just the numbers.  In this guest post, Jason Langberg, staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, examines … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Holidays Behind Bars: Ideas for Connecting with Justice-Involved Youth

The title of this post is the title of a post by our friends at Reclaiming Futures that features the Holiday Event Toolkit from the Campaign for Youth Justice.  The Toolkit provides a comprehensive 25 page step-by-step guide for how to … Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift from Me to You. Really!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and enter the holiday season, I am reminded of our annual family tradition, one that I imagine is shared by many across the United States. After gathering around the table with our plates piled high with … Continue reading

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The High Cost of a Youth Arrest

Recently D.C. Lawyers for Youth calculated that it cost $1000 to arrest and detain a youth in Washington, D.C., even though most young people are arrested for nonviolent offenses and fewer than half are actually charged with a crime. Here … Continue reading

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Juvenile Hall is Often No Place for Kids

My latest op-ed — also published via the Huffington Post and Youth Today: DURHAM, N.C. — The local detention center where my juvenile clients are held while their cases are pending is called the “Youth Home.” The irony of the label is … Continue reading

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Tough Times for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

If you’re a regular reader, you know that the topic of girls in the juvenile justice system is one that concerns me greatly.  The title of this post is the title of this short piece by Carrie Johnson of NPR: The … Continue reading

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Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall

The title of this post is the title of the final volume of Susan Madden Lankford’s trilogy on interlinked social issues.  Here is a description: Susan Lankford’s latest book is Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall, which a recent review in … Continue reading

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