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Study: Schooling for incarcerated youth is fragmented, inferior

Most of the 50 states have clearly designated which agencies are in charge of hiring teachers for incarcerated juveniles, creating teaching curriculum and other education services. But how and by whom that instruction gets delivered varies substantially from state to state and locale to locale, resulting in a fragmented system that generally provides inferior instruction, according to a recent report from Bellwether Education Partners.
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China Spring Youth Camp is hiring

Is pleased to announce various openings at their facility. These positions are located in Douglas County, Nevada. Visit http://chinaspringyouthcamp.com/ to learn more about the Camp. Available positions include:. ■ Youth Program Officer. ■ May be filled as Youth Program Officer Trainee, Youth Program Officer I, or Youth Program Officer II...
DOUGLAS COUNTY, NV

Critics link lax gun storage to accidental shootings involving youth, mostly in the South

After running toward the sound of a gunshot that still haunts her, Marentha Sargent watched her 14-year-old, Adrienne Lambert, bleeding from the chest as she collapsed. Moments earlier, the 14-year-old son of Gene Roessler, Sargent’s friend, had ejected the magazine from Roessler’s gun, pointed its barrel at Adrienne and pulled the trigger. The boy didn’t realize, according to police records, there was a bullet in the chamber of his father’s handgun, which he’d grabbed from the kitchen table of their suburban Houston home while the adults were in the garage watching football on TV.
HOUSTON, TX

Latest on the Hub May 2022

Unspent American Rescue Plan funds to lower the number of students who wind up in the juvenile justice system. The impact of racial disparities resulting from handling children through the adult criminal justice system. Innovative law school partnerships to aid youth simultaneously in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. How children without lawyers fare in immigration proceedings.
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Opinion: Reparative justice can complement restorative justice

Certainly, it’s essential to make a harmed individual feel as restored as possible, but this approach is does not result in true justice. Developed in culturally, ethnically and racially homogenous communities such as Nepal, restorative justice has achieved some success in those settings. However, in the comparatively heterogenous United States, where Black and brown people disproportionately are on the socio-economic margins and disparately treated in the criminal justice system, restorative justice is inadequate. It holds criminally charged individuals accountable, but does not hold accountable the systems and institutions that have failed many of them. For example, when a young Black man in largely impoverished West Philadelphia steals a bike from a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, also located in West Philly, restorative justice requires that the young person talk face-to-face with the professor, apologize and pay for the stolen item. This race- and class-blind model does little to address factors that often fuel crime.
PHILADELPHIA, PA

At home in Arkansas and globally, shooting survivor campaigns against gun violence

Between January 1, 2022, and April 25, 2022, Little Rock, Ark. — the 24th most violent of 65 cities, according to the FBI’s most recent data — counted 24 homicides. That compared to 21 homicides during the same period in 2021, according to the Little Rock Police Department’s most recent count. A disproportionate number of those murders involved guns, continuing a trend.
LITTLE ROCK, AR

Study: As young as 12, some rural youth regularly carry handguns

About 25% of rural youth in a University of Washington analysis said they were as young as 12 when they began carrying handguns and 20% of the roughly 2,000 rural youth and young adults studied carried a handgun at least 40 times during the last 12 months that they self-reported that activity, according to research published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
UTAH STATE

Youth activists, firearms trainers and police oppose unlicensed gun laws in Georgia and other states

ATLANTA — On April 12, Georgia became the 22nd state allowing unlicensed gun-owners to carry a concealed weapon, one in a spate of so-called constitutional carry laws that have supporters and detractors, with the International Association of Police Chiefs among opponents. Nevertheless, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, touted his state’s...
ATLANTA, GA

Juvenile lifer seeks reprieve amid broader push for leniency

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Shortly after Riley Briones Jr. arrived in federal prison, he cut his long, braided hair in a symbolic death of his old self. As a leader of a violent gang and just shy of 18, Briones drove the getaway car in a robbery turned deadly on the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community outside Phoenix in 1994. He was convicted of murder and given a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ

Study: Drug use less common, more deadly among teens during pandemic

Even as drug use has declined among teenagers during the pandemic, overdose deaths increased, likely due to the highly potent opioid fentanyl, according to a new study. Overdose deaths among teenagers 14-18 held steady for years before doubling in 2020 as the pandemic set in, and they continued to climb last year. A total of 1,146 adolescents in this age group died in 2021 — 20% over 954 deaths in 2020. There were 492 such deaths in 2019.
MENTAL HEALTH

Q&A: From Louisiana prisoner to Louisiana State University graduate

Within months of his release from a lifetime imprisonment sentence in Louisiana’s 18,000-acre prison in Angola, La., Andrew Hundley, then 34, enrolled in junior college and founded the Louisiana Parole Project, a nonprofit focused on advocacy and reentry for former juvenile lifers. Under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Hundley, who’d been sentenced in 1997, when he was 15, was released after serving 19 years at Angola.
LOUISIANA STATE

Opinion: Children’s book aims to combat stigma, uplift children with incarcerated parents

Incarceration is harmful not only to people held in confinement but to the health of their children who may experience post-traumatic stress from witnessing a parent’s arrest or visiting a parent who is incarcerated. Additionally, financial instability can arise after a parent who is incarcerated can no longer bring home a paycheck. Those and other effects, including ones that can limit a family’s economic mobility for generations, heavily harm children with incarcerated parents.
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