- As the topic of decriminalizing marijuana in New York continues to be batted around, its interesting to note the potential effect such legislation could have on youth at risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system. A report recently released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice highlights that California’s marijuana decriminalization law has significantly lowered juvenile arrests in California. Authored by CJC Senior Research Fellow Dr. Mike Males, the report notes that, “the trend was led by a 47% decrease in drug offense arrests from 2010. The largest contributor to this decrease was a drop of 9,000 in youths’ low-level marijuana possession arrests under a new state law reducing that offense from a misdemeanor to an infraction.” Here’s a link to the full report: California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low
- A recent report on NPR highlights the lack of good health care for girls in the juvenile justice system: You can listen here: Juvenile Detention, Girls Find Health System Geared To Boys
- Do you remember the Central Park Jogger case? In theatres now, Ken Burns’ new documentary film The Central Park 5 highlights the trial, the events surrounding it, and the pitfalls and failings of our justice system when it came to NYC youth in the 80’s and 90’s. Is it different today? Here’s the film’s trailer:
- Here’s a link to the NY Times November 25th editorial “Juvenile Injustice” calling for “rehabilitation as a primary concern of justice.”
- Finally, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Robert F. Kennedy made his now famous speech, On the Mindless Menace of Violence. If you’re not familiar, it’s worth a listen.