NEWS:

The Wall Street Journal reports a drop in the rate of incarceration in New York City

Juvenile Justice Overhaul in Tennessee, and attention to New York’s Close to Home Initiative in the NY Times’  December 17, 2012 article  Deal Signed to Overhaul Juvenile Justice in Tennessee

ON THE RADIO:

The Families as Partners Project, part of The Vera Institute of Justice: Facilitating Family Engagement in Juvenile Corrections

DON’T FORGET:

Briefing on the Close to Home Initiative Implementation 

with Deputy Commissioner Raye Barbieri  of the Division of Youth and Family Development (ACS)

January 31, 2013

10am-12pm

The Pinkerton Foundation

610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 316

New York, NY 10020

 

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE JUVENILE JUSTICE ACTIVIST OR PHILANTHROPIST…

BOOKS:

A Question of Freedom Reginald Dwayne Betts

  • At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts-a good student from a lower- middle-class family-carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts’s years in prison, reflecting back on his crime and looking ahead to how his experiences and the books he discovered while incarcerated would define him.

The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander

  •  Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.

MUSIC:

Undun, The Roots

  • A concept album, Undun tells the tale of Redford Stephens, a fictional young adult who is plagued by crime and tragedy growing up in a dangerous urban environment Every line is a clue, every song is a story; each are all pieces to the young Stephens’ tragic life…

FILMS:

Pariah

  • The story of a young woman navigating sexuality, education, and expectations in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Premiered at Sundance 2011 and awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award.

 

FINALLY, AS WE MOVE FROM 2012 TOWARDS 2013, AND REFLECT ON THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CT, AND THE CONTINUED VIOLENCE IN OUR CITIES, I ASK YOU TO STEP INTO OUR TIME MACHINE AND RETURN TO 1989:

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