Posts byJason Mast

Push on for Reauthorization of Juvenile Justice Act – But Does It Go Far Enough?

Two senators have introduced a bill that would – some would say finally – modernize federal standards for juvenile justice, bringing 40-year-old statutes up to date with more than two decades of brain science research and satisfying the calls of judges and activists across the nation. The proposal by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sheldon Whitehouse
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Treating Gun Violence from a Public Health Approach Shows Signs of Healing

The idea was simple but radical: treat gun violence as an issue of public health, not criminal justice. That’s the philosophy behind Cure Violence (originally called Chicago CeaseFire), an anti-violence initiative that has sparked equal parts accolade and acrimony since it began 14 years ago in Chicago, and which a recent study, commissioned by the
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Documentary Challenges Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencing Practices

At the Precious Blood Art Center, Julie Anderson delivered a sobering warning to a crowded room of mothers, clergy and social workers. Even amidst court rulings that inspire hope, the path to freeing inmates sentenced to life without parole will not be without hurdles. Anderson, the head of Communities and Relatives of Illinois’ Incarcerated Citizen,
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Youth Convention Gathers Crowds, Pols Over Brutality, Employment, Immigration, Ed and Transport

Angered by failing schools, stagnant employment rates, inner city violence and a storm of other scourges buffeting Chicago and Illinois, 1,500 youths from across the state recently gathered at the UIC Forum to vote on a new policy agenda they hoped would assuage these problems and assure that the voice of Illinois’ youth was being
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