Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New #juvenilejustice legislation introduced in Congress

On June 25th, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation directed at improving juvenile justice programs around the country. The bill, entitled “Better Options for Kids Act,” incentivizes states to replace ineffective and overly-harsh juvenile court punishments, with bipartisan, evidence-based solutions that improve youth outcomes, strengthen public safety, and save money.

The bill incentivizes states that specifically follow these evidence-supported solutions:
• Limiting court referrals for non-criminal offenses
• Establishing clear guidelines regarding the role of school resource officers
• Providing training for school districts on non-exclusionary discipline
• Adopting a reentry policy for youth leaving correctional facilities

Along this same theme, 2014 Student Stow Prize winner Madeline Sachs wrote about juvenile justice in her piece “Juvenile Life Without Parole.”

Issues of justice for youth are not particularly focused upon- making this legislation rare and impactful. Why do you think that juvenile justice is overlooked in the context of larger conversations about crime and crime reduction? Do you think this legislation will pass? Will it make a difference?

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