Treat Juvenile Crime as a Mental and Social Disease

Published by EducationNews.org — Change the way we’re having this conversation.  Focus on the crime as a symptom. Crime among juveniles is a symptom of a problem.  Our system doesn’t question the root cause of the issue, but asks instead:  Is the kid guilty or innocent?  If guilty, what’s the punishment? As a result, this scenarioContinue reading “Treat Juvenile Crime as a Mental and Social Disease”

What Does Mass Incarceration Say About American Democracy?

Published by EducationNews.org — How we chose to build up the largest prison population in the world. America’s torrid love affair with jails and prisons is hardly breaking news.  Since the late 1990s, academics called for the end of mass incarceration because their data revealed shameful racial disparities.  Fat lot of good it’s done.  Now we’re upContinue reading “What Does Mass Incarceration Say About American Democracy?”

To End School-to-Prison Pipeline, Focus on Mental Health

Published by EducationNews.org —  We’re such a punitive culture, we don’t even look for alternatives to driving them insane, knowingly. God knows what possessed me, but instead of multi-tasking I stayed glued to every hideous moment of PBS’s Solitary Nation.  The Warden of Maine State Prison, Rodney Bouffard, so questions the practice of solitary confinement thatContinue reading “To End School-to-Prison Pipeline, Focus on Mental Health”