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Report: Florida charges more kids as adults than any other state, black youth disproportionately affected

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According to a new report, Florida charges juveniles as adults more that any other state. The report, released by Human Rights Watch reveals that more than 12,000 children have been moved from the juvenile to adult court system in the past five years. 

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The Fight For Black Men

An amazing Newsweek article by Joshua DuBios highlights the struggles of black men in America, and the horrific consequences of their large-scale incarceration. According to the article, there are more black men incarcerated, on probation, or on parole than there were slaves in the 1850s.

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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

We talked a lot about the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, especially as it pertains to black youth. The astronomical number of people who have been incarcerated and the effects their imprisonment has on those individuals, their families, and the communities they leave and sometimes return to is part of that discussion. Yet […]

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Dear Thurgood Marshall Jr, Why Are You On The Board Of Directors For CCA?

Kim Moore wants to know why Thurgood Marshall Jr. sits on the board of directors for CCA (Corrections Corporation of America): “Having all this information, carrying your fathers last name and legacy, I must ask, are you betting on or against black men?”

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Open Society Foundations Announce 2013 Soros Justice Fellows

The Open Society Foundations has announced an award of $1.2 million to the 2013 cohort of Soros Justice Fellows. The fellows, a mix of emerging and established leaders, include investigative journalists, lawyers, grassroots organizers, policy advocates, and scholars.

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Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Black Men in Prison

Uni Ball’s latest ad is among the most racist ever, featuring a black male prison inmate reading a letter from one of his “homies”: “What up, homie. It’s wack that 5-0 bust you shifting bricks of da funky buddha. And I ain’t just spitting, yo. Everyday we be respecting wit a 40 on da floor for our peeps in lockdown.” Seriously.

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Chuck D: Since Reagan And Bush, There’s Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community

Chuck D: “The bottom line is this: Back when I was growing up, you couldn’t find a gun on anybody. Since 1980, the beginning of R&B, Reagan and Bush, there’s been nothing but guns and drugs in the Black community for the last 30-some-odd years.”

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REPORT: Black Females Are Fastest Growing Segment of Juvenile Justice Population

According to a recent report, black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. The author of the report, Monique Morris, argues that it is extremely important that we expand the ‘school-to-prison pipeline” conversation to include black girls.

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Chicago Teens Share Concerns About Gun Violence in ‘Don’t Shoot, I Want To Grow Up’

A group of Chicago teens have compiled a series of letters detailing their thoughts on the riding tide of violence in their hometown. “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up” offers a vital perspective. Check it out after the jump!

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Mississippi Learning

Late last week, the federal government asserted that a school district in Mississippi had been violating the constitutional rights of students by imprisoning them for “violations” as minor as “defiance.” From CNN: Officials in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, have operated “a school-to-prison pipeline” that violates the constitutional rights of juveniles by incarcerating them for alleged school […]

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