Friday, 12 June 2015

Locked Up for Skipping School: Christel's Story | FRONTLINE

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There are 2.3 million people locked up in the United States, around half for non-violent crimes. This is Christel's story. She says she's locked up for skipping school. 

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Getting into trouble as a kid is easy. But if the punishment is juvenile hall or probation, getting out isn't so simple. The CARE program (Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment) focuses on at-risk youth and aims to give them the self-worth they need to pull themselves up. Click the link to learn more about the program at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA:

American Kids & The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Back in the day, when you got in trouble at school, it usually meant you were heading off to the principal's office or to detention. These days? Getting in trouble at school can mean ending up in the juvenile justice system. But how does that happen and who does it affect?

School To Prison Pipeline Robs Young People Of Their Future

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Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?) and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss the school to prison pipeline, and the consequences on the young people who’s futures are now limited by they’re criminal record.

"For those unfamiliar with Baltimore City's particular brand of justice, it has been an up-close primer on how things are done in a city whose police force is now under a full-fledged Department of Justice investigation. Not just over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody which prompted protests across the city and a criminal investigation, but how the criminal justice responded to the strife and what it may have done in the past to precipitate this unrest.

Protesters have been held without charges for days. Innocent people arrested. And in an exclusive report by The Real News, two weeks before the violence erupted and thrust Baltimore onto the world stage, documents revealed juveniles were arrested for simply not getting on a bus. In short, Baltimore's aggressive policing and heavy emphasis on incarceration has been unrelenting, even as the world watched."

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