Category Archives: Conditions of Confinement

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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Growing Up in Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States

The title of this post is the title of an important new report issued by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, which may be summarized as follows: Every day, in jails and prisons across the United States, young people under the … Continue reading

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Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

A first-of-its-kind report released this past Monday, September 10, 2012, details how the juvenile justice system does more to feed the nation’s vast prison system than to deter or redirect young people from system involvement, and it demonstrates the incredible damage the … Continue reading

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In the Margins: Books and Teachers

My husband, Peter (poet/blogger, nature photographer, block party DJ), recently introduced me to the wonderful online magazine, The Rumpus, where there are two articles that I wanted to share with folks. The first is by Amy Cheney, a librarian in … Continue reading

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The End of Crime: Why Educating Inmates is Necessary

The importance of educating those in prison cannot be overemphasized.  I found the following “infographic” from onlineclasses.org (via the Prison Culture blog) and while this outfit clearly has an economic incentive to promote off-site learning, the message is absolutely legitimate.

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Shameful Treatment of Children in Mississippi is Not the Only Example of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The title of this post is the title of a column I have today at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  Here is how it opens: In recent years, juvenile justice advocates, lawyers, policy-makers, and reformers have increasingly sought to raise … Continue reading

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Kids Behind Bars

The title of this post is the title of a compelling special report by Justin Fenton at the Crime Report on the “troubling” detention conditions faced by juveniles in Baltimore’s adult jail.  It begins as follows: Before the other boys jumped … Continue reading

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Yale Law Journal Prison Law Writing Contest

This is a fabulous idea, and I look forward to reading the winning entries.  Please share this notice widely and go here for more info: The Yale Law Journal welcomes submissions for our first Prison Law Writing Contest. If you … Continue reading

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Keeping the Promise of Gault: Requiring Post-Adjudicatory Juvenile Defenders

The title of this post is the title of a new article in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy by Professor Megan F. Chaney (La Verne College of Law) on the need for post-adjudicatory juvenile defenders (available via … Continue reading

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Video available for NBC Story on Maya Angelou Academy

Earlier this week I posted a piece on an upcoming NBC story on Maya Angelou Academy, located within a D.C. youth correctional facility. Here is the link to the six-minute story.  It’s very sensitively done, includes interviews with the school’s … Continue reading

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