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The Beef: Juvenile Life Sentence Without Parole is Insane

The day after my first post on this topic, NPR did a feature story on it.  Here are my favorite excerpts from the transcript, plus educational videos, infographics, law articles, brain science facts, sentencing alternatives, and more.  3,616 more words


“I chased my mom with an axe.”

He said it with a smirk on his face. The tone was the same I’d use when telling my big sister I’d eaten the last cookie. 1,600 more words

Mental Health

The Courts - Part Five

Eventually, I was assigned a case worker, Lola, who would turn out to be the staunchest supporter I had ever known. She would also become that special kind of friend anyone needs when going down a yellow brick road; corroded and crumbly. 563 more words

Book talkin': Juvenile Detention

Since my woefully long-ago last post, I have taken on a new job at the Boston Public Library as their Youth Outreach Librarian. While this new position has presented many wonderful opportunities, one of the most interesting – both to me and to all my friends – has been taking books to the juvenile detention facilities around Boston. 776 more words

The Courts - Part Three

During this time, my father was still active duty in the Air Force. He would generally be gone by the time I woke to go to school, and wouldn’t get home until a couple of hours after I arrived home. 942 more words

Words: Warring Against Another Kind of Poverty

“Words: Warring Against Another Kind of Poverty” is Lauren Norton Carson’s second contribution to “Teachers in Their Own Words.” As she shared in her first piece… 1,395 more words

Juvenile Justice

Failing To Educate Is A Form Of Neglect

We want so much more for our young people. We want them to have a “voice”, and we want them to have “choice”.

How powerless must a young person feel when they have to scream to be heard, or have choices taken from them? 505 more words