In 2004, 12-year-old Jonathan Adams was charged with the murder of a nine-year-old girl in Carrollton, Georgia. After a four-hour…
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School policing isn’t a new topic but since the Connecticut school shooting, administrators and school officials have been pushing for even more police presence in schools.
In 2008, Reinaldi Gilder promised himself that he would never go back to jail.
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.
On Monday, a Federal Judge ruled that New York’s Stop-and-Frisk tactic, which has affected over 4 million people, violates suspects’ constitutional rights. The decision has reigniting a debate that has spanned for over a decade about racial profiling and community safety. Youth Radio brings you our top 5 Stop-and-Frisk-related videos.
Police treat my neighborhood in West Oakland like they’re on a playground, toying with young men like kids.
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.
D was applying to get his juvenile record sealed. And depending on what happened at his hearing that afternoon, he had the chance to walk away from court without having to explain his past to future employers, schools, or landlords.
“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,