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Ko Bragg

29 November 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Media and public scrutiny as well as the experience of being detained can worsen the outlook for juvenile offenders. Increasing court involvement, keeping the media at bay, and having a juvenile facility can help the ...

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Donna Ladd

15 February 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Young black Jacksonians are afraid to call the police in self defence for fear they will be accused of gang violence and arrested instead of protected. Various programs are using research of violence and recidivism to...

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Arielle Dreher

14 December 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The approach of some state detention directors to juvenile justice has evolved at Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center. Research shows that traditional detention is simply not working as a deterrent to youth crime—and...

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Sierra Mannie

30 November 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Whitten Preparatory, a mostly black middle school, is one of four schools in Jackson that are trying to combat disciplinary issues and keep violence low by using peer mediation - training students to be mediators so t...

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Arielle Dreher

9 November 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Students at Provine High School will soon be able to open up accounts with Hope Credit Union, right in their own hallway. The partnership is helping students realize that having a relationship with a financial institu...

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Tim Summers, Jr.

9 November 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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If juveniles in the Hinds County youth-court system, whose families tend to have limited resources, cannot get sustained, meaningful help at the center, they do not have many other options. But, thanks to a lawsuit on...

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Arielle Dreher

5 October 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Mississippians who receive earned probation for crimes that do not carry a death sentence or involve deadly weapons will now have access to high-school equivalency education, alcohol and drug counseling, re-entry and ...

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Tim Summers, Jr.

28 September 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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After research determined that the majority of incarcerated youth at Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center suffered from trauma and other mental health disorders, the state took action to provide improved, comprehensiv...

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Sierra Mannie

31 August 2016

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi, United States

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In Pascagoula, a youth court judge observed a high number of youth stuck in the system. The judge reached out to local schools, discouraging them from involving law enforcement in minor incidents that put juveniles i...

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Tim Summers, Jr.

17 August 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In 2012, Hinds County passed a consent decree that restricted the amount of time youth spent detained at the Henley Young Juvenile Justice Center, also limiting the mental health resources that can help offenders. Ho...

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Arielle Dreher

17 August 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Alternative programming that involves "restorative justice" models - such as having youth within the criminal justice system create art as a means of self expression instead of detaining them in a prison-like facility...

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Todd Stauffer

17 August 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The staff of the Jackson Free Press used a Solutions Journalism Network grant to explore juvenile justice issues and solutions taking place around the country. This piece offers an overview by the publisher of what th...

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Sierra Mannie

27 July 2016

Pelahatchie, Mississippi, United States

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Many years of work to improve juvenile-detention centers in Mississippi may curb recidivism rates by increasing the quality of life in detention. Despite those efforts, however, centers might still be unable to give d...

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Maya Miller

6 July 2016

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Dr. Kai Smith runs GRAAFICS, Gang Diversion, Reentry And Absent Fathers Intervention Centers, a program he founded to give young men and women an outlet to avoid criminal behavior. The program includes training course...

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Maya Miller

8 June 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Juvenile detention usually leads to worse outcomes for youth in the future, while Juvenile Detention Alternatives allow for decreases in detention populations and the likelihood that youth will stay trapped in the sys...

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Tim Summers, Jr.

25 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Jackson PD's Community Improvement division has been charged with destroying dangerous, dilapidated houses in low income neighborhoods, even though many are state-owned. In a resources-strapped city, where blight cont...

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Arielle Dreher

25 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Adolescent Opportunity Programs (AOPs) are a pre-intervention method for curtailing juvenile delinquency that have proven vital in the Mississippi state's criminal-justice system - they have the power to prevent young...

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Sierra Mannie

18 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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A district-wide approach called PBIS, or positive behavior and instructional support model that focuses on counseling rather than punishment, has curbed behavioral issues at many Jackson public schools, and has even t...

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Donna Ladd

4 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In poor, crime-infected neighborhood with limited opportunities, where interactions with law enforcement are often toxic and punitive, and distrust on both sides is rampant. An integrated strategy is at the core of th...

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Imani Khayyam

4 May 2016

New York, New York, United States

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New York Police Department has Operation Ceasefire, in which a mother whose child was a victim of gun violence calls gang members at risk of perpetuating similar crimes. The effort aims to bridge the divide between et...

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Donna Ladd

20 April 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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After going to prison themselves, John Knight of Jackson and Shanduke McPhatter of Brooklyn are living straight and determined to make changes. They work as "violence interrupters" in their neighborhoods, using an app...

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