Ferguson: A Model for Change

Newly appointed director of the Schomburg Center, Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad explains how the change of leadership in Ferguson city administration and in the police department will allow for needed healing and systemic change. Fixing this broken relationship between police and community will necessitate a change to everyday policing, particularly in how individuals show decency and respect to one another.


The Fight to Raise the Age

Former Judge Michael Corriero and former Senator John R. Dunne show bipartisan support for Cuomo’s Raise the Age proposals in this article. They argue that the reforms are “smart, effective and consistent with American values” in that they strengthen the roles of families in the criminal justice system, help to identify those who are actually a danger to society, and allows for more appropriate therapeutic dispositions.


Support for Cuomo’s Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Philanthropic Community

Roderick Jenkins, NYJJI executive committee member wrote this article in support of the reforms which were suggested by Gov. Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice. He states “my deep experience in this area tells us these kinds of changes will help keep our communities safe, even as they treat young offenders fairly. Several studies have shown that charging teenagers as adults makes it more likely that they will re-offend, putting our communities at risk. By charging teens in the Family Court system, judges are better able to make sure they get the services they need to go on to live a productive life.”

The philanthropic community is mobilizing in support for these reforms recently. Look in this blog’s Resources section to view these letters.



The Fight for Raising the Age Internationally

This article makes an appeal to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England, Northern Ireland and Wales from age 10. The average age in other countries in the European Union is 14. The author states that the approach to deal with “young people whose behaviour is causing concern within the child protection and welfare system reflects wider social and cultural attitudes towards children and young people.