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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO URBAN FARM INTERVENTION: The Windy City Harvest Corps is one of three urban farming operations that NationSwell highlighted this week for work with at-risk youth. In fact, the Windy City group just reoriented its focus in that direction this year, with the help of
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO LIFE AFTER SCHOOL ARREST: “Anthony Martinez was one of thousands of CPS students led away in handcuffs from school by police. He’s hoping to get a fresh start when he starts high school in the fall,” Sarah Karp writes for Catalyst Chicago in Life
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO TEEN CHARGED AS ADULT: “A 16-year-old Gage Park High school student was sitting next to his bedroom window watching TV when a 15-year-old opened fire from the street outside, striking him in the neck and killing him, prosecutors said,” the Tribune reported Tuesday. “Rasaan
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO TEEN IN ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM CHARGED: “Tevin Lee seemed to be a West Side teen headed in the right direction, graduating from high school and working this summer at a church in a job designed to help prevent community violence,” the Tribune reported Thursday. “Charles
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO DO HEADLINE-GRABBING DRUG BUSTS WORK? “Last month was a rather victorious month for Chicago law enforcement agencies, with huge drug busts and jail sentencing dominating headlines,” Dong Jin “DJ” Oh reported for the Chicago Bureau on Thursday. “On June 12, a joint operation by
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO EXONEREE DIARIES: “Growing up in Humboldt Park, especially back in them days, back then as now, gang recruitment was so easy. The gangs would drive on kids like me. They knew my father had passed away. We lived in the neighborhood. My mom didn’t
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO TRIPLE TEEN SHOOTING: “A Cook County juvenile court judge on Wednesday ordered that a 13-year-old boy, accused of shooting three other teens, be held in a juvenile facility as he awaits trial,” the Sun-Times reported. “The next hearing in the case was set for
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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
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO DELINQUENCY TO DEATH: “Delinquent youth are at risk of early violent death in adulthood, regardless of race, and females are especially vulnerable, a study released Monday suggested,” the Los Angeles Times reported this week. “Girls detained by authorities had nearly five times the rate
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO FRAGILE JUNCTURE: “A delicate transition is underway,” the Chicago Tribune editorial page said on Sunday. “Control of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, described here nine years ago as an administrative ‘cesspool,’ is about to get new leadership. “Juvenile justice expert Earl Dunlap
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO STUDENT VOYCE: “Students from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, known as VOYCE, gathered Tuesday with other activists to celebrate passage of a bill that for the first time requires all schools, including charters, to publicly report school discipline data and requires districts that
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO U of C TRAUMA: “Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a palace of medical technology and infrastructure,” Alex Nitkin and Vanessa Beene wrote Wednesday for The Chicago Bureau. “Taking up an entire city block in the heart of Downtown Chicago, the two immaculate glass buildings looming
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO ZACH TACK: “Juvenile gun offenders will take center stage in a new federal program to reduce gang membership in Chicago,” the Chicago Bureau reported Wednesday. “U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Zachary Fardon heralded a new youth outreach initiative Wednesday that will
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO SUSPENSION CITY: “More than 50,000 Chicago Public Schools students got out-of-school suspensions last year, according to a WBEZ analysis of state and district data. That’s about 13 percent of the district’s population,” Becky Vevea reported on Tuesday. School suspensions have become a topic du
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO TONI IN TROUBLE: Last week, I noted that Michigan Avenue magazine had named Toni Irving one of the city’s most influential women. This week, Toni Irving is one of the city’s most most influential women whose job security is suddenly in question. It turns
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO BOYZ II MEN: Chicago’s Becoming a Man program got a nice ride from Vox on Thursday. “The idea of preventing crime using psychotherapy may sound vaguely utopian,” Vox said. “But, believe it or not, it works, the White House is starting to take notice,
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO GREAT WHITE WHALE: “Out of 257 Cook County, Ill., cases between 2010 and 2012 where juveniles were charged as adults, one involved a white defendant, according to a study released Tuesday by the Juvenile Justice Initiative,” the ABA Journal noted. AP summed up the
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. Chicago TWEETING CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIXES: On Thursday, Columbia College hosted a panel discussion called Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing? Here are some hashtag highlights: Violence/Criminal Justice event co-hosted by Community Media Workshop & Strengthening Chicago’s Youth @ 1104 S. Wabash Ave. #wana #rw2
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. Chicago COMMON’S CAUSE: “Hip-hop artist Common and the Chicago Urban League are teaming up for a youth jobs initiative as a way to prevent violence and whittle down a high teen unemployment rate in the city,” WBEZ reported on Wednesday. “I see what’s going on
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO SNOWBALL SILLINESS: “The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that a 13-year-old Austin boy no longer faces felony charges after a police officer was hit with a snowball near George Leland Elementary last month,” AustinTalks noted Sunday. “A spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO GANG INITIATION: “Prosecutors said a trio of people kidnapped, beat and stabbed a 15-year-old boy in a Little Village gang initiation before dumping the teen in a trash can when they mistakenly took him for dead,” DNAinfo Chicago reported on Sunday. “Heriberto Ramirez, 20,
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO COMMON CORE: “I am getting 15 years on Monday,” my 16-year-old student said to me. On his 17th birthday, he will be woken, shackled and transported to the Cook County Department of Corrections and the notoriously overcrowded Cook County Jail. He may get out
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In Case You Missed It: The Week In Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO TEMP WORK: “The Circuit Court of Cook County will conduct a national search for the next person to lead the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center as it begins to prepare for the transfer of the Center from a federal court appointed administrator to the Circuit
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In Case You Missed It…The Week in Juvenile Justice

Our weekly review of juvenile justice news here and abroad. CHICAGO Solitary Chorus: “For obvious reasons, the voices of children jailed in solitary cells are rarely heard. But there are signs that government leaders are listening to a rising chorus of voices of citizens protesting the cruelty of locking up kids in jail cells for
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Extra…In Case You Missed It, a Week's Review

Chicago SECRET SUSPENSION SAUCE: “As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the district,” the Tribune reports. “The data reveal that during the
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