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.…

Restoring a community through dialogue

Restoring a community through dialogue

We are so honored to be featured in San Quentin News. Our work inside prison creating dialogues with incarcerated people, survivors and district attorneys are central to our work. Read the entire article 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…

Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

"It turns out that the greatest predictor of a case of violence is a preceding case of violence. And so we see that violence is, in a way, behaving like a contagious disease." This is why we need to talk about trauma. Watch the Gary Slutkin's TED talk here.…

States Set Aside Millions of Dollars for Crime Victims. But Some Survivors Don’t Get the Funds They Desperately Need.

States Set Aside Millions of Dollars for Crime Victims. But Some Survivors Don’t Get the Funds They Desperately Need.

State programs that provide assistance to victims of violent crimes, such as battery, child abuse, & domestic violence, often exclude victims within the criminal justice system & those with the highest risk of being victims. California is no exception. ALL trauma & crime survivors need & deserve our support - our humanity depends on it. Read the full story published by The Trace here.…

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%…

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown gave his final State of the State address. He closed by addressing public safety, showing his support for each and every member of our community, and making a plea to the people of California: "Take time to understand how our system of crime and punishment has evolved, how other states and countries have devised their prison systems and what changes might we now make.…

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.…

Watch Adam Foss, our board member, give a TED Talk on shifting the focus from incarceration to transforming lives

Watch Adam Foss, our board member, give a TED Talk on shifting the focus from incarceration to transforming lives

Watch the TED talk here When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a…