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The Mad and Unhappy Place of Public Education for Black and Brown Children in the United States

By Dawn X. Henderson, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Winston-Salem State University) Some of the lines in the classic 1982 song, Mad World, capture the lived experience of many black and brown children in the public school system in the United States. When people run in circles, it’s a very very mad world… Children waiting for the day they feel good… Made to feel the way that every child should, sit […]

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Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies

Hands of different colors behind bars

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By Nazgol Ghandnoosh, PhD (Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project) “When you think about people who break into homes and businesses, approximately what percent would you say are black?” White Americans who responded to this survey question in 2010 overestimated the actual share of burglaries committed by African Americans by 27%. They similarly overestimated […]

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Federal Juvenile Justice Policy – Alignment with Science

By Micah Haskell-Hoehl (Senior Policy Associate, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office)  To punish or to rehabilitate? That question frames the essence of the debate over criminal and juvenile justice, and it plays out in practice, with new policies always falling somewhere between these two poles. With the 1974 establishment of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the federal government signaled a new commitment to the principle […]

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5 Reasons to Act Now on Juvenile Justice Reform

Teenage boy in handcuffs

By Kerry Bolger, PhD (Public Interest Government Relations Office) Did you know that the U.S. incarcerates more of its kids per capita than any other developed nation—and that we spend about $5 billion a year of taxpayers’ money to keep them locked up? Is that because a lot more kids in America are committing violent acts and getting arrested for them?  No; they’re not.  It’s largely because our juvenile justice […]

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5 Essential Reasons to Keep Kids Out of Adult Jails

Child's hands holding prison bars

By Kerry Bolger, PhD (Public Interest Government Relations Office) Federal law protects children in the juvenile justice system from being held in adult jails.  But did you know that, on a typical day in America, over 7,500 children are locked up in adult jails? That’s because federal protections to keep kids out of adult jails and lock-ups don’t apply to children charged as adults. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act […]

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