January 2010

On Wednesday, New York City moved its juvenile justice department under the purview of its child welfare agency. The New York Times reports that the decision is expected to improve the provision of therapeutic services and thus reduce juvenile detention:

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Prisons: The New Jim Crow
A recent Sacramento Bee op-ed by Michelle Alexander challenges Governor  Schwarzenegger to treat prison reform not simply as a quick buck for the budget, but rather as a matter of racial justice. She calls on the Governor to address the policies and practices that have led to the disproportionate representation of people of color in the criminal justice system and ensure that dollars generated from prison reform actually reach the communities that have suffered most from mass incarceration.

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