Zero Tolerance Policies

I recently read an interesting article about zero tolerance policies, and the racial biases that these often times include, despite their goals being just the opposite. The article notes how these policies more often than not contribute greatly to the 'school-to-prison pipeline'. I have never thought that these policies would contribute so negatively. I wonder what solutions you all think may be best, and whether or not these policies should be done away with all together.

Media Artifact for Proposal Project: Incarcerated Youth Literacy Project

Hi all,

I recently made my media artifact, a website, published to the public. I have informed a lot of my proposal and solutions thus far with the wonderful discussions we have had in this group. I thought I might post it here, so that you all could give feedback if you feel so inclined. I also think it could act as a nice conversation starter for a discussion on how many of the issues we have had discourse about in this group intersect. Thanks!

 

Education for Incarcerated Youth

Some of the other discussions in this group reminded me of a startling article I read some time ago, which I have used as a "spring board" for informing my intended policy proposal. This article offers some concerning data and information about the dismal quality of the education provided to incarcerated youth in the state of Michigan.

Town Hall Meeting Reflection

I am not exactly sure that this fits into this category but after attending the town hall meeting regarding the re-vitalization of Detroit I am intrigued by how businesses are offering those positions to join the workforce. Given that within the last 10 years, Detroit was a terrible place to live and work, filled with a lot of crime, those who were convicted and incarcerated are having a huge problem re-joining the workforce. Just by sitting there today I learned that 1 and 3 people in Detroit does not have a job.

Ban the Box

After reading another post in this group by John, I was reminded of the "Ban the Box" movement, largely based off of the research of a professor at the University. The goals of this movement is to remove the "box" on many job applications that ask about prior convictions. Having to specify this has been known to make it far more difficult for the formerly convicted and incarcerated to find work and reassimilate. In recent news, Colorado has joined the movement in terms of passing Ban the Box legislation.

I'm not sure how familiar...

I'm not sure how familiar you all may be with the situation faced by Cynthia Brown, a victim of human trafficking who killed a man who victimized her. I think that this article does a good job of highlighting the important aspects of Cynthia's story. I am interested to hear the opinions of others in the caucus about how the proposed youth justice reform might look if it were to be extended to a national forum. That is, is such reform possible, or needed at the federal level? I would argue that is is, but I am interesting in see what others think.

Zero Tolerance Policies

I recently read an interesting article about zero tolerance policies, and the racial biases that these often times include, despite their goals being just the opposite. The article notes how these policies more often than not contribute greatly to the 'school-to-prison pipeline'. I have never thought that these policies would contribute so negatively. I wonder what solutions you all think may be best, and whether or not these policies should be done away with all together.

Media Artifact for Proposal Project: Incarcerated Youth Literacy Project

Hi all,

I recently made my media artifact, a website, published to the public. I have informed a lot of my proposal and solutions thus far with the wonderful discussions we have had in this group. I thought I might post it here, so that you all could give feedback if you feel so inclined. I also think it could act as a nice conversation starter for a discussion on how many of the issues we have had discourse about in this group intersect. Thanks!

 

Education for Incarcerated Youth

Some of the other discussions in this group reminded me of a startling article I read some time ago, which I have used as a "spring board" for informing my intended policy proposal. This article offers some concerning data and information about the dismal quality of the education provided to incarcerated youth in the state of Michigan.

Town Hall Meeting Reflection

I am not exactly sure that this fits into this category but after attending the town hall meeting regarding the re-vitalization of Detroit I am intrigued by how businesses are offering those positions to join the workforce. Given that within the last 10 years, Detroit was a terrible place to live and work, filled with a lot of crime, those who were convicted and incarcerated are having a huge problem re-joining the workforce. Just by sitting there today I learned that 1 and 3 people in Detroit does not have a job.

Ban the Box

After reading another post in this group by John, I was reminded of the "Ban the Box" movement, largely based off of the research of a professor at the University. The goals of this movement is to remove the "box" on many job applications that ask about prior convictions. Having to specify this has been known to make it far more difficult for the formerly convicted and incarcerated to find work and reassimilate. In recent news, Colorado has joined the movement in terms of passing Ban the Box legislation.

I'm not sure how familiar...

I'm not sure how familiar you all may be with the situation faced by Cynthia Brown, a victim of human trafficking who killed a man who victimized her. I think that this article does a good job of highlighting the important aspects of Cynthia's story. I am interested to hear the opinions of others in the caucus about how the proposed youth justice reform might look if it were to be extended to a national forum. That is, is such reform possible, or needed at the federal level? I would argue that is is, but I am interesting in see what others think.

I found this article (https...

I found this article (https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/427087-federal-criminal-justice-reform-is-now-law-what-comes-next), which gives some context about the newly passes FIRST STEP Act. More interestingly, in my opinion, it addresses some questions about how the process should proceed from this point. I would be interesting to see what you think about the direction the policy implementation should move towards?
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