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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Latinos in the CJ System

Study: Latinos under-counted in criminal justice system
John C Moritz , USA Today Network 11:25 a.m. CST December 15, 2016


The Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center says the data means Latinos are short-changed on rehabilitation services.

AUSTIN – Latinos in the criminal justice system — from the point of arrest, through their incarceration and during their time on parole or probation — are often categorized as white on official records, which shortchanges the nation's largest minority population when it comes to targeted reforms to reduce recidivism, a new study finds.

The report by the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center shows that many of the nation's most diverse states undercount Latinos in the criminal justice system, making it appear that the disparity between black and white offenders is more narrow than it  is.

“Leaving Latinos out when documenting the consequences of the American criminal justice system means our data tells an incomplete story,” said Ryan King of the Urban Institute. “As a result of that missing, inaccurate, or insufficient data, their voices are absent from the conversation when policy reforms are developed.”

The study, done in cooperation with the advocacy groups Latino Justice and the Public Welfare Foundation, surveyed the 50 states and the District of Columbia about demographic information on people who have entered the criminal justice system. While many states, including Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma and Alaska, compile publicly accessible data on how many Latinos have entered the system, several others have little or no data on their websites, the study found.

The report, titled "The Alarming Lack of Data on Latinos in the Criminal Justice System," is scheduled for release Thursday when it will be posted on the Urban Institute website. The USA Today Network obtained the completed draft on Wednesday.

According to the report, only Alaska has accessible data on the number of Latinos arrested, in prison, on probation or parole and breaks down race and ethnic numbers for each offense category. Texas, Idaho, Oregon and Oklahoma have numbers for Latinos who have been arrested, incarcerated and placed parole or probation.

Thirteen states, including Florida, Maryland, Louisiana and New Mexico, do not have any accessible recently reported numbers for Latinos in their criminal justice systems, according to the report. Twenty-nine states keep Latino-specific numbers for between one and three of the categories.

Juan Cartagena, who heads Latino Justice, said the undercount means that the needs of specific ethnic groups are not been adequately addressed.

"This affects how we look at programs to help with re-entry (from prison to the community). And that impacts recidivism," Cartagena said. "And what about how we look at sentencing disparities — who gets prison and who gets probation? We need to get a good handle on this."

John C. Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at John.Moritz@caller.com and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Impact of an Aging BOP Inmate Population


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#DOJ @OIGatHHS Impact of Aging Inmate Population on the Federal #BOP. Report. Washington, D.C.: @TheJusticeDept 2016 https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2015/e1505.pdf

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The @macfound #JuvenileJustice Status Report 2015


The @macfound #JuvenileJustice Status Report 2015
Download PDF: click here

"This report defines developmentally appropriate best practices in nine key juvenile justice policy areas and examines which states (and the District of Columbia) have, as of mid-2015, incorporated those practices into their juvenile justice statutes. The policy areas are status offense rules, age limits for juvenile court jurisdiction, transfer to adult court, access to counsel, competency to stand trial, courtroom shackling, solitary confinement, juvenile records, and sex offender registration."


The MacArthur Foundation. Juvenile Justice in a Developmental Framework, A 2015 Status Report. Rep. Chicago: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2015. https://www.macfound.org/media/files/MacArthur_Foundation_2015_Status_Report.pdf

#tweetcite The @macfound #JuvenileJustice 2015 Status Report 2015 http://bit.ly/23vhPrA #TBWcj #VBWResearchNet


Keywords + Tag = The MacArthur Foundation | best practices | juvenile justice | policy change | status offenses | juvenile court jurisdiction | trial | solitary confinement | sex offender registration | 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A History of Juvenile Justice Policy in TX


Protecting Texas' Most Precious Resource:
A History of Juvenile Justice Policy in Texas
 Part I the Path to the Texas Youth Council:
Creating a Protective Umbrella for Juvenile Offenders

PDF: Download

Part II The TYC Era: 
Between Rehabilitation and Punishment
1949-2008
PDF: Download

Both reports were accessed through the National Juvenile Justice Network njjn.org, you can follow the group on Twitter @NJJNetwork and Facebook facebook.com/nationaljuvenilejusticenetwork  

The report was authored by Dr. William Bush of Texas A&M @TAMUSanAntonio University-San Antonio Department of History and edited by Isela Gutierrez @TexasCJC.  The reports were designed by Kim Wilks.


Keywords + Tag = juvenile | history | Prison Public Memory Project | Texas Youth Commission | TYC | Texas Youth Council | Dr. William Bush | Texas A&M | San Antonio | rehabilitation | punishment | Isela Gutierrez | Texas Criminal Justice Coalition | Texas CJC | National Juvenile Justice Network | NJJN | Burning Down the House | The End of Juvenile Prison | Nell Bernstein | The Real Recidivism Problem | One Hundred Years of Reform and Relapse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys | justice | social justice | The Beat Within a Compositional History of Incarcerated Writing | #TBW2015cj 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Juvenile Court Statistics 2013


Juvenile Court Statistics 2013
Download: PDF (OJJDP)

"OJJDP-Sponsored, July 2015. This report draws on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive to profile nearly 1.1 million delinquency cases and 109,000 petitioned status offense cases handled in 2013 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. 114 pages."

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Analyses of 749,722 automated case records & court-level #stats

1st Juvenile Court Statistics #report published 1929 by @USDOL of cases from 42 courts in 1927

In 2013 archive data pulled from 2,400 courts 84% jursidiction of juve population

Report describes #statusoffense cases handled between 1995-2013 109,000 cases petitioned disposed in 2013

In 2013 courts handled estimated 1,058,500 juvenile delinquency cases

31 million youth under #juvenile court jurisdiction in 2013 79% (10-15 years of age) 12% (16) 9% (17)

Between 1985-2013 case rates increased 54% for #druglaw violations

In 2013 total delinquency case rate for #black juveniles 74.3% was more than double the rate for #white juveniles 27.4%

Between 1985 and 2013 #lawenforcement agencies were primary source of #delinquency referrals 82% referred by law enforcement in 2013

The number of #delinquency cases involving #detention peaked in 2002 and decreased 44% through 2013

#Statusoffense is an act that is illegal because the person committing them are of #juvenile status

5 major status offense categories #runningaway #truancy #curfew law violations #ungovernability or incorigibility #liquorlaw violations

The number of petitioned #statusoffense cases decreased 13% between 1995-2013

American Indian juveniles had the highest rate for #liquorlaw violations in each year 1995-2013 #statusoffense

Schools referred 56% of petitioned #truancy cases in 2015

Source of referral for #statusoffense includes #lawenforcement #schools #relatives #socialservice #probation #victims

Citation
Hockenberry, Sarah, and Charles Puzzanchera. Juvenile Court Statistics 2013. Rep. no. NCJ 249164. Pittsburgh: National Center for Juvenile Justice, 2015. OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Web. <http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/publications/StatBB.asp>.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

VBW Justice Archive: ((Keep Your Head Held High))




For more information on ((Keep Your Head Held High)) please view the track information at the Soundcloud post: click here


About the VBW Justice Archive

The Voices Behind Walls (VBW) Justice Archive is a collection of audios, artworks, photographs, and writings archived on the following:

VBW Research Network Blog: vbwresearch.blogspot.com
VBW YouTube: youtube.com/voicesbehindwalls
VBW Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/vbehindw
VBW Website: voicesbehindwalls.blogspot.com

The purpose of the archive is to document VBW program history, specifically the creative expression of its participants and program partners.  Files of the VBW Justice Archive are resources for educators, youth, and the public to share.  We hope these files inspire new ideas and other creative expressions in all learning spaces.  The archive is especially to acknowledge the existence of its participants, a majority incarcerated youth,  who recorded into the VBW microphone between the decade of 2004 to 2014.  Hopefully you all find your way back to our page to reflect on your contribution to the VBW program.

The VBW Justice Archive began documenting its program history in 2014.  Audios will be posted periodically.  Updates will be posted at the links above including twitter.com/vbehindw.


Keywords + Tag = Keep Your Head Held High | Blues | juvenile prison | beats | keyboard | piano | Zoom R12 Controller Interface | New Mexico | Las Cruces | music | outreach | Hip Hop | creative expression | Dona Ana County | life | Soundcloud | Voices Behind Walls | VBW | adolescent | original | thought | experience | struggle | poetry |New Mexico State University | Social Justice Award 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

VBW Justice Archive: ((Mysterious Minds))



For more information on this track featuring VBW participant Sam aka Mousey, please view the track information at the Soundcloud post: click here


About the VBW Justice Archive

The Voices Behind Walls (VBW) Justice Archive is a collection of audios, artworks, photographs, and writings archived on the following:

VBW Research Network Blog: vbwresearch.blogspot.com
VBW YouTube: youtube.com/voicesbehindwalls
VBW Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/vbehindw
VBW Website: voicesbehindwalls.blogspot.com

The purpose of the archive is to document VBW program history, specifically the creative expression of its participants and program partners.  Files of the VBW Justice Archive are resources for educators, youth, and the public to share.  We hope these files inspire new ideas and other creative expressions in all learning spaces.  The archive is especially to acknowledge the existence of its participants, a majority incarcerated youth,  who recorded into the VBW microphone between the decade of 2004 to 2014.  Hopefully you all find your way back to our page to reflect on your contribution to the VBW program.

The VBW Justice Archive began documenting its program history in 2014.  Audios will be posted periodically.  Updates will be posted at the links above including twitter.com/vbehindw.


Keywords + Tag = Mousey | Sam | juvenile prison | beats | keyboard | piano | New Mexico | Las Cruces | music | outreach | Hip Hop | creative expression | Dona Ana County | life | Soundcloud | Voices Behind Walls | VBW | adolescent | Boyz in the Hood | Ricky | thought | experience | struggle | mystery | mind