Missouri: Project to Disrupt ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Gets a Boost

“Missouri students of color with disabilities face harsher school disciplinary practices than their white peers, which can lead them into the juvenile justice system. Disrupting this path is the goal of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association’s SToPP Project, with a $275,000 grant from the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council.” Miranda Fredrick, communications coordinator for the council explained, “When […]

Stolen Lives: Alabama man ‘baked to death’ in overheated mental health prison cell

Reporting from the AP: “Thomas Lee Rutledge died of hyperthermia on Dec. 7, 2020, at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer. Rutledge had an internal temperature of 109 degrees when he was found unresponsive in the mental health cell, according to the lawsuit which was filed by the man’s sister and names prison staff, […]

A Look At Recent Research Shows That Youth Incarceration Continues To Fail Kids And Their Communities, While Negatively Impacting Public Safety

“Jurisdictions should invest in community-based alternatives to incarceration that improve outcomes for kids while also saving the government money — strategies like offering wraparound services, with focused, individualized care plans, to kids and their families. One such program, Wraparound Milwaukee, works with 1,000 young people with serious psychological needs, 40 percent of whom have been […]

“Reimagining the police”

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“Alternatives to public safety are gaining momentum, but activists worry many of these ‘alternatives’ still involve police and don’t address root causes.“ This piece by the Boston Globe tells the story of the author’s encounter with the police during and five of them arrested a young black man outside of her home. “I thought something’s […]

“How Children End Up in Cleveland’s Adult Courts: A Bindover Explainer”

Four individuals wearing prison jumpsuits lined up left to right.

The Marshall Project: “Cuyahoga County transfers more children to adult court than any other county in the state. In the past decade, 94% were Black, according to state records. “When children are placed in adult facilities, they usually face very brutal conditions,” Leah Winsberg, an attorney with the Children’s Law Center, told the crowd. Winsberg […]

“And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America”

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Reporting from Mad in America: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced his administration’s 11-point legislative agenda, which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws governing forced treatment.” The article describes the mayor’s decision further, then draws attention to the fact “the voices of unhoused people have been less […]

New Federal Investigation Targets Treatment of Institutionalized People With Disabilities

“The federal government has launched a civil rights investigation into the West Virginia Department of Human Resources’ treatment of persons with disabilities who are in the state agency’s care.” This reporting from West Virginia Public Broadcasting discusses examples of what CripJustice would regard as “medical incarceration” occurring due to a lack of “appropriate placements” for […]