On December 12, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate's Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will chair a hearing on the school-to-prison pipeline.
Advocates across the country will be taking advantage of this opportunity to present case history concerning the impact of zero tolerance policies on kids, the current juvenile justice and reform practices and failures and many other topics.
In this country we set the rules in place and then let the authorities figure out what to do with the kids. We have few guidelines concerning conditions of confinement, rehabilitation practices or reform practices. We are way behind the rest of the world.
Take a look at this case that was presented on behalf of 7 young men in Bristol. Not only are there attorney's ready to step in on their behalf but judges are concerned over the practices that may be harmful to youth held in confinement. Amazing! Here is a teaser from the article. Follow the link for the rest.
"Lawyers from the Howard League for Penal Reform said it was unlawful for the teenagers to be punished "by awarding them additional days; subjecting them to an informal version of segregation without any safeguards; and removing privileges and rights such as restriction to education and the gym".
Ashfield teenage prisoners begin legal battle
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