Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Juvenile Convict's About-Face to Lift Up Those Society Deems 'Born Bad'

“Vacant…vacant…this one’s got some people in it…there’s a liquor store over there.” Circling around the block on 51st & Ada on Chicago’s South Side, Xavier McElrath-Bey takes stock of the neighborhood where he grew up. Though Back of the Yards isn’t nearly as violent as it was back in the late 80s, when McElrath-Bey and his

In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO SCHOOL CODE REVISED – AGAIN: “The Chicago Public School Board of Education passed yet another proposed revision of the Student Code of Conduct Wednesday, aiming to soften the disciplinary policy and curb the suspension and expulsion rates,” The Chicago Bureau reported this week. “Some of

DOJ Faulted for Not Requiring PREA Audits

This story originally appeared on The U.S. Department of Justice has come under intense criticism for not requiring states to conduct rigorous audits of correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Instead of requiring the audits, the department is allowing states to provide written assurances they will spend DOJ funds to make progress toward compliance with