FAQ: Comments and Moderation

Q: What is the Juvenile Justice Blog’s Comment Policy?

A: The Juvenile Justice Blog pre-moderates comments on blog posts. We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view. We only delete those comments that include the following transgressions:

• are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language
• include ad hominem attacks including comments that celebrate the death or illness of any person, public figure or otherwise
• contain racist, sexist, homophobic and other slurs
• are solicitations and/or advertising for personal blogs and websites
• thread spamming (you’ve posted this same comment elsewhere on the site)
• are posted with the explicit intention of provoking other commenters or the Blogger.
• contains content that may infringe the copyright or intellectual property rights of others or other applicable laws or regulations.

Q: I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?

A: There are two scenarios for which your comment may not appear:

1. It may be pending approval. Comments on the blog are moderated BEFORE they appear on the site, and this takes time. We appreciate your patience and ask that you refrain from posting the same comment repeatedly.

2. Your comment violated the policy above. We pride ourselves in providing a medium for engaging and thought-provoking stories and encourage our users to speak their minds freely, provided comments fall within our commenting policy.

Q: Why am I blocked from commenting on the Juvenile Justice Blog?

A: There are a few scenarios in which a comment might be blocked:

1. A comment is extremely abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack.

2. If a commenter has previously posted comments that are abusive, off-topic, used excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks, the moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive.

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3 Responses to FAQ: Comments and Moderation

  1. Hello,

    I was looking at your article Kids Behind Bars Aug. 2012, and I was wondering where you got the image from. We are currently working on a documentary called Push Out about low-income minority children with learning disabilities and their over-representation in the juvenile system (school to prison pipeline). We would like to use that image until we start our principal shots. Thank you for your time.

    Cynthia Perez

  2. anonymous Intheknow says:

    I know this will not be among the favorites or the Kudos comments but it has to be said: PUBLIC SAFETY IS NOT BEING SERVED BY JUVENILE REFORM & I WILL TELL YOU WHY. I know because I work in the field, with the front line staff, I walk among these juveniles and I’m here to say “Open your Eyes People”! While these feel good reform programs are being implemented across our Nation there is an entire population of Juvenile Delinquents in secure detention facilities who are being ignored and allowed to fester. They are dangerous and hard core (in Massachusetts they can be up to 21 years old), they have no respect for authority and the laws and they are treated with kid gloves. The system is empowers and reinforces their defiance, condoning their criminal activity inside the detention facilities. The reform system is transforming these juveniles into super criminals. With the exception of those found guilty of First Degree Murder they are all going to be released back into the community. The delinquents I’m referring to are Masked Armed Robbers, Rapist, Heroin Dealers, Armed Home Invaders and violent gang members, the list goes on, we are turning out Super Preditors and its scary. In some states like Massachusetts the juvenile justice system isn’t even considered “Public Safety” and training and policy are designed like those of the Department of Children & Families. Administrators have no Juvenile Justice or Public Safety background coming into the Agency and limited knowledge, if any, of the Legal System. They are disillusioned social workers out of touch with the violence happening on our streets. Many have no qualifications at all, which is most disturbing in upper management and the decision makers who are moved into these positions and are ill equipped to address the real issues. Society can’t afford to sit back and remain uniformed and trusting that our justice system is great because of all the hype created around reform. If this issue isn’t addressed soon while touting ‘reform’ I pity the people who must live next door to these preditors when they come back out. If we don’t stands up to take notice and start asking questions about the effects this “reform” is having on the most violent and dangerous kids then society will pay many times over. That’s not a chance I’m willing to take because I don’t want my or your family and friends to become their next victims. Think about it and start asking the questions and demand answers about what is really going on in our Nation’s Juvenile Justice System not just the ‘fluff’ that we are being sold about reform.

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