Books Not Bars

"I Have a Dream"
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and shared that dream with hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall. Today, with more than 2 million people locked behind bars, we have a dream to reduce the incarceration rate by 50% in the next 10 years. Let's get started now.

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Pepper Spray Victory
An update on the use of pepper spray in the DJJ.

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Middle of Nowhere- Film Review
A new film explores the impact of incarceration on the loved ones of those locked up.

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How a Bill Becomes Law
As we head into National Juvenile Justice Awareness month, it’s wonderful to celebrate the many bills that Books Not Bars supported which were recently signed into law.

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A new report outlines the struggles of families impacted by the juvenile justice system.

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When Alma Barillas last visited her son at Ventura youth prison, she didn't expect to be pepper sprayed by guards. But that's exactly what happened.

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The Story of Time Adds
Jennifer shares the story of how Books Not Bars helped end Time Adds in the DJJ.

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With the Governor’s signing of the new budget, the controversial practice of time adds in our youth prisons will finally end bringing a sliver of justice and hope to California youth and families.

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New Asylums
Jails were not designed to house and care for individuals with mental health issues. However, because our communities are failing to provide adequate mental health services, many of them wind up in our broken criminal and juvenile corrections system.

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The horror.
Sumayyah recaps this week's historic Federal hearing on solitary confinement.

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