Juvenile Justice

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Oakland To New York: A Conversation About ‘Stop-And-Frisk’

Youth Radio’s Joshua Clayton doesn’t have a high opinion of the police. In fact if he was robbed — he wouldn’t even call them. Clayton, 20, grew up in Oakland, Calif., and thought these problems were specific to Oakland. Until he spoke with Kasiem Walters, 18, who lives in New York City. Walters has advocated for ending the Stop-and-Frisk policy that a federal judged recently ruled unconstitutional.

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Why My Neighborhood Kids Don’t Trust The System

I grew up in a middle-class, suburban county in New Jersey, but now I’m a twenty-something intern living in a low-income part of Washington, D.C. The realtor euphemism for such neighborhoods is “transitional,” a word that implies ongoing change. This is ironic because I feel that so many of the residents here feel as though things will never change, and will always stay the same. Since moving here, I’ve already become accustomed to the wail of sirens, the disconcerting, yet reassuring pulse of blue and red light through the heavy bars on my windows.

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Brett Myers

One Teen’s Perspective: Save Our Girls

“Nationally, the average age at which girls first become exploited through prostitution is 12–14 years old.”

Out of the many disheartening statistics, this one stuck out the most to me. I have two beautiful little

cousins who will turn 12 years old this year. Instead of them entering the safe and innocent pre-teen

years, they are now entering a war zone. Who will fight for them when they are too young and too small

to fight for themselves? How am I supposed to protect them from being yet another statistic? When I’m

not there to hold their hands and lead them away from a strange man who only wants to hurt them,

then what?

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