Gun violence is in the national spotlight again in the wake of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday. While mass shootings make up most of the headlines, Youth Radio’s Nila Venkat looks at the many other gun incidents fly under the national radar.
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By: Lawrence Wilks-Roger for The Youth Project I am a young black man from the Southeast Side of Chicago,…
Michael Webb is serving 25 years to life in California’s San Quentin prison for first-degree murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was 17 years-old when he committed the crime and started serving his time at 19.
In this essay, Webb reflects on his act. Putting himself in the shoes of his victims’ wife, Webb imagines what it would be like for her to meet him face-to-face for the first time.
By: M M. is a 17-year-old ward of the court in Los Angeles’ Central Juvenile Hall. How can I forgive…
On August 18th, 2015 Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, CA to discuss…
Staffing shortages are contributing to more fighting among inmates and use of force by guards inside one juvenile hall, where budgets and overtime are on the rise.
Back in 2000, Wayne County made some major changes to its juvenile probation system, making the program more therapeutic. Before reforms in Wayne County, the recidivism rate for juveniles was about six in ten kids. Now the recidivism rate is low — holding steady at around 16 percent.
In recent years, Alameda country’s incarcerated juvenile population dropped by half. Now, instead of using detention centers that remove kids from their homes, judges are ordering young offenders into the probation system. But the system presents hidden challenges.