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Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough

Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.

Kids for Cash

Senior Research Fellow Randy Shelden revisits his previous examination of the perils of privatization of youth prisons and detention centers.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden reflects on historic training schools as many bodies are found at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida.

Being a Young African American Basketball Player is Dangerous to Your Health

They were walking this time. But I guess it does not matter whether you are standing still, walking or just sitting. If you are a young African American man living in an urban area, you are fair game for “stop and frisk” and other methods of “preventive policing” used by police officers.

Standing while black

Some have claimed the “end of racism” in this country. The most recent claim comes from the Republican Party. 

Locked up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers & the Private Prison Industry

A look at the dangers of relying on interstate transfer of prisoners to reduce overcrowding in state facilities, citing CJCJ's recent study on the topic.

The Storm Has Arrived: Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

November 11th has been set aside to honor those who have served their country in the various branches of the military rarely a population that is recognized is the veterans sitting in jails and prisons.

Profit Over Kids: Part III

This is the final blog of a three part series examining for profit youth facilities.

Profit Over Kids: Part II

This is the second installment of a blog series examining private for profit youth prisons.

Profits Over Kids, Part I

In this three-part series Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden examines for-profit youth prisons.

Easing California’s Prison Crisis via Private Prisons is a Bad Idea

Private prisons are not the answer to California's prison overcrowding crisis.

Some Promising Programs for Girls in Trouble

In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great promise.

Programs for Girls in Juvenile Justice

Despite years of research showing that girls require a special kind of programming, here remains a lack of innovative, effective programs for girls in trouble.

Guns, a Reign of Terror, Part II

This is a continuation of my previous blog on a book by Tom Diaz called "The Last Gun." 

Race and the Drug War

As so many have noted time and again, young black males have received the brunt of the “war on drugs.”

Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part III

This is the third 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, 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).

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 democratic society. Why is this, we asked? The pursuit of the almighty dollar was one factor, along with the stress associated with this.

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. 

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 by law enforcement.

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 called “Nearly half of Americans are one emergency from financial ruin.”

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 among justice-involved girls, Part III dealt with runaways, and this blog will conclude with the most common offense committed by girls.

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 run away from or are thrown out of their homes each year; over half are girls. 

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