What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

Imagine if we taught kids early on how to resolve conflicts and build community through talking and group dialogue. Shout out to the Restorative Justice unit at Oakland Unified School District for being a national leader in expanding restorative justice in schools and intervening to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Read the NPR article covering the subject here.…

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia's DA, #LarryKrasner, just issued a revolutionary guiding document that will likely go down in history as the single largest policy shift for #CJReform. The first sentence cuts through decades of systemic failure: “These policies are an effort to end mass incarcerations & bring balance back to sentencing.” To summarize the five-page, MUST READ document, points of change mostly involve instructing prosecutors to use critical thinking skills, data, & alternative…

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Our society has fallen into a vicious trap of dealing with troubled youth by sending them away, removing the "threat" from the community as a lazy response for public safety. But now, a more effective solution has become clear. Through collective efforts in counties across the nation, probation, the court, court partners, & community partners are choosing to support home-based trauma-focused therapeutic programs aimed at stabilizing youth in…

Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office raised some doubts about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to see more older youth and young adults served in the state youth prison system administered by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).Read the article here.…

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Cares for Youth, Cares Call Tuesday with Laura Sheppard, Criminal Defense Attorney Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8 PM Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882# Ms. Sheppard will join CARES for Youth host, Dennis P. Flynn, on a CARES Call that employs an interview format to learn her perspective on the impact of changes in California law for youth serving extreme sentences. We will cover topics ranging parole hearing preparation and…

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

While the US imposes an age of majority on youthful offenders at the age of 18, many other nations rely on higher ages such as 20 or 21 to demarcate the separation of juvenile offenders and juvenile correctional systems from their adult counterparts. Read the article from The Crime Report here.…

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Philadelphia has sentenced more teens to life in prison with no chance of parole than any other jurisdiction in the world — and that meant it had the largest number to resentence after the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago ruled that its 2012 ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors must be applied retroactively. Read the story from The Inquirer here.…

For Henry Montgomery,
a Catch-22

For Henry Montgomery, a Catch-22

Henry Montgomery's case changed the course for so many people who were sentenced to life without parole as children. However, his “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions. Read the article from the Marshall Project here.…

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roper v. Simmons which abolished the death penalty for children. For Black History Month, we honor the memory of George Stinney. Stinney was the youngest person in modern times to be put to death. However, although the death chamber is now outlawed for children, the US continues to sentence its youngest citizens to die in prison with life…

Why I Am Not a Recidivist

Why I Am Not a Recidivist

"How do you assess the recidivism risk of those who have spent decades confined for crimes committed when they were minors?"Cases like Jeremiah's are why we need to reevaluate the parole process. Read the Artice via The Crime Report here.…

Unlocking Opportunity: New Burns Institute Report Highlights Disparities in California’s Youth Justice System

Unlocking Opportunity: New Burns Institute Report Highlights Disparities in California’s Youth Justice System

At every decision-making point in the #CA youth justice system, youth of color face an uphill battle. More likely than their peers to be sent to institutional placement away from their communities & families, youth of color are being put on a trajectory towards diminished life outcomes in 41 of 58 counties. High rates of youth re-arrest (74%) and re-conviction (54%) are a reflection of systemic failures exacerbated by the…

Redemption is not just for me

Redemption is not just for me

Emile DeWeaver has spent the last 20 years incarcerated. On Christmas, Gov. Brown commuted his 67 year sentence. In his piece for the San Francisco Chronicle, DeWeaver, a writer and community organizer, shares how his commutation has brought hope to the men around him at San Quentin State Prison: "I’m at the middle of how Gov. Brown’s act of mercy fuels exponential change. People who said they…

Police, schools, form partnership to combat child trauma

Police, schools, form partnership to combat child trauma

This school district in Michigan is disrupting the school to prison pipeline with their "Handle with Care" initiative- a new effort in coordination with local police departments to assist children dealing with trauma. The correlation between childhood trauma and incarceration is extraordinary, with some estimates hovering around 90%. "Recent national studies showed that 60% of American children have been exposed to crime, violence or abuse. Another 40%…

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he committed as a teenager. Now, he's home and ready to let the world know that change is possible and very necessary. We are proud and very grateful that Phil is here with us today. Thank you Generator Collective for creating a platform to humanize policy, so that we could share his story to those ready to listen.…

The #MeToo Stories We’re Not Hearing

The #MeToo Stories We’re Not Hearing

The Silence Breakers who didn't make the Time cover. Sara Kruzan, Laverne Dejohnette, and all the other women whose stories of relentless violence calls for a collective awakening.…

This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemables’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison

This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemables’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison

Published in The New York Times By ALAN FEUER DEC. 8, 2017 It seemed routine when Judge Jack B. Weinstein issued stiff prison sentences to three young men who had robbed a family at gunpoint in the Cypress Hills Houses in East New York last year. After all, when the men broke into the family’s apartment, there were, in addition to adults, five children inside — all of them 10…