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Hope for a healthier criminal justice system
With the implementation of the United States' first national health care system quickly approaching , the Affodable Care Act's effects will soon be seen throughout the country.
A Closer Look at the Aging Prison Population
The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising. Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.
Raising Victims' Voices
Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.
OP-ED: Opening Our Eyes to Uncomfortable Truths
...when we take into account the level of poverty, kids don’t commit crimes at a higher rate than adults. Take a few seconds and read the previous sentence again.
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part II
This is the second in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future
This is the first in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
America is Ranked 29th in Child Well-Being
A review of the UNICEF Report on Child Well-being shows the U.S. is near the bottom of the list across every dimension: poverty, health and safety, education, behaviors/risk, and housing/environment.
Meanness and Violence
A colleague and I were talking the other day about how much violence there is in American society. We both admitted that the extent of violence in America exceeded by far every other industrialized…
Underaged & Suppressed?
Mike Males asserts that young people are politically vulnerable and scapegoated when it comes to gun control laws. Listen to the discussion on HuffPost Live.
OP-ED: The Gun Debate, Round 2: Let’s Learn From Young People, Not Demonize Them
"Bad information breeds expedient, ineffective policy, as exemplified by the administration’s surviving gun initiatives..."
212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing – With Mike Males
Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males s hares his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth.
Boston Bombings
It has now been more than a week since the dramatic event that came at the end of the annual Boston Marathon. What concerns me the most is the media coverage and what many would call an overreaction…
Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle
Treating people who come from places where gangs proliferate as gang members themselves only perpetuates the cycle, Maccallair said.
Radio Smart Talk: School Safety
What Sandy Hook [-] did was shine a spotlight on school safety.
The rich get richer while everyone else struggles
A couple of interesting news stories appeared today in the Los Angeles Times. The first one is titled “Forbes' tally of billionaires jumps 16%; Buffett drops in list.” The second is…
Debtor's prisons alive and well
As I have written before jails have been largely reserved for the poor and at one time in history words like jails and poorhouses (along with workhouses and prisons) were used interchangeably.
Part IV: Trends in Girls' Crime
This is the last of my four part blog series on girls and juvenile justice. Part I provided an overview of the most recent information, Part II discussed the prevalence of histories of sexual abuse…
Part III: Trends in girls' crime
It was noted in part II of this series that girls who run away from home are often doing so because of sexual abuse at home. As reported in the New York Times an estimated 1.6 million juveniles…
Part II: Trends in girls' crime
As noted in Part I of this series , running away and sexual abuse are much more significant in the lives of girls than boys. Sexual abuse is particularly salient for girls and may well propel girls…
Part I: Trends in girls' crime
Meda Chesney-Lind and I are currently updating our book Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell at the end of this year) and in this blog I want to report some…
A look at Bill Bratton's crime rate track record
With the City of Oakland now bringing in a big name lawman to help fight crime -- we have a look at his track record.
Jon Stewart's thoughtless quip on young people and guns--It's just not funny
"How about we ... make guns less sexy so they won't be considered so cool by young people?" declared Jon Stewart, whose "Daily Show" semi-satiric news commentaries typically bring…
What about Men? A follow-up to Newtown Shootings
In my most recent blog I happen to mention in passing that most of these kinds of shootings are committed by men.  In a recent article by Meghan Murphy expanded on this often neglected fact. The…
Lead exposure and poverty: Have we gotten "youth violence" all wrong?
CJCJ authors have published several provocative studies documenting that teenagers and young adults are no more prone to risk-taking and crime than older adults once the fact 15-24 year-olds are…
Who's really murdering our children--and why won't we talk about it?
President Obama, in the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, says "we are not doing enoug to protect our children ."…

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