20
August

Akron Hometown Hero, Lebron James, Stokes the Bicycle Revolution

If there’s anything more exciting to an inner city third-grader than owning a shiny new bike, it’s receiving that shiny new bike from a sports celebrity say, like, LeBron James.

In the second annual “I Promise Family Reunion” sponsored by the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Wheels for Education program, the NBA mega-star donated full football uniform gear to the players at his Akron alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and 350 name brand bicycles to third-graders graduating from the Foundation’s “I Promise” program.   (more…)

12
August

2013 Shaping Up As Banner Year for Juvenile Justice Reform

It was an exceptional day in juvenile justice news.  On the same day Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new Justice Department prison reform policy which disproportionately affects young black and brown Americans, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled New York’s controversial practice of “stop and frisk” is unconstitutional, on grounds that it unfairly singles out racial groups, another policy that also disproportionately affects young black and brown Americans.

As states across the country pile on to accept new plans, ideas and legislation pertaining to juvenile justice issues, with the year more than half over, it looks more and more like 2013 may be a true centennial celebration, commemorating 100 years of juvenile justice reform.   (more…)

06
August

For Bronx 14-year-old “gunboy,” It’s Too Late for Time Out

From news reports, besides the fact that he was a sophomore at the Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, was about to appear in court on a previous violent felony charge, and had visited Universal Studios in Florida two years ago, we don’t know much about the short life of 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse, who died in a shoot-out with police at 3 a.m. on Sunday.

While we empathize with Shaaliver’s grieving family and friends, we wonder what steps could have been taken, what kind of intervention could have been initiated early on in Shaaliver’s life that may have put him on a different course.
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02
August

Beaverton Police Set New Juvenile Justice High Bar with Non-Lethal Force

Just Imagine:  You’re an 18-year-old kid, high on whatever, delirious without a doubt. You walk into a downtown police station, make a ruckus, and threaten the police who try to calm you down. You grab a service revolver, get off one shot before you are finally subdued by nine police officers, but only after you’ve been repeatedly tased and you’ve broken all restraints.

The papers report that you were like the “Incredible Hulk” and folks commenting on your stupidity swear that you weren’t just high on mushrooms.  Now that you’re more or less sober, sitting in a clean, fairly quiet jail cell, I’m guessing that you’re thinking about getting some serious rehab in and after you do your time in prison.

Thank God you’re alive!!!
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