The video that made me think the most, was Prison Kids: Juvenile Justice in America. They interviewed many kids, parents and the government officials who worked alongside these programs. This video was the most interesting to me because you do not hear much about kids being arrested. The video goes into something that was discussed in class several times, as well as a controversial topic in society. It is that most of the kids being arrested are those with mental disorders and of racial minorities. In the past few years especially, people believe that there is a growing problem of white supremacy in the justice system. Most of the kids in this video are African American or Hispanics. They are incarcerating kids at an incredible rate. The United States puts more kids in jail than any other country. The parents of these kids are in disbelief that they are being removed from school and their families to be …show more content…
One incidence mentioned in the video talks about an eighth grader who was charged with battery for throwing skittles at a classmate. He then spent six days in jail (Prison Kids). This is a very extreme and unfair punishment because if he had not been a racial minority, I do not think that he would have spent any time in jail. You look at cases like this and its truly mind blowing that anyone would view skittles of all things as a dangerous item. As the video moves on, they use Columbine as an example of childhood violence. Being from Colorado, I remember what an impact this had on my school security. I didn’t notice it much in elementary school, but more so in middle school and especially high school. Getting into my high school was a task, there were many check points and security guards. My school was in a very privileged area so any time they thought there was any sort of threat the cops were there in a second, but rarely anyone was
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Over 2 million people are currently being held in United States prisons, and while the U.S. may only hold 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of its prisoners. In the past few years, America’s prison system has fallen under public scrutiny for it’s rising incarceration rate and poor statistics. Many Americans have recently taken notice of the country’s disproportionate prisoner ratio, realized it’s the worst on the planet, and called for the immediate reformation of the failing system. The war on drugs and racial profiling are some of the largest concerns, and many people, some ordinary citizens and others important government figures, are attempting to bring change to one of the country 's lowest aspects.
Ava DuVernay suggests Slavery’s NOT Dead in 13th The recently released Netflix original documentary 13th identifies the issue of race in America and how the government instills fear in the nation in order to provide justice for the people by enforcing a ‘War on Crime.’ This tactic was Nixon’s way of incarcerating blacks during his presidency. Many of the elections beginning with President Truman’s era were a long list of former Presidents that used crime as a platform. Whoever was ‘tougher’ on crime would win the election.
Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, a book by University of California, Professor Victor Rios, is set in the backdrop of Oakland, California. This book examines the very difficult lives of young Latino and African American boys who are caught up in the vicious cycle of delinquency in a legal system that restricts their chances of becoming successful. Rios studies the lives of boys growing up in a difficult background. He notes that the criminal justice system is very prevalent throughout many aspects of their daily activities.
Hi chana great post on the various effects children have with incarcerated parents. I feel the video(Sesame Street Toolkit: Incarceration) was an excellent tool in addressing the many emotions children poses when a parent is incarcerated. After viewing the video I was able to gain a glimpse of the confusion and emotions children feel ,while asserting the details Coleman (Coleman,2013)touched in the textbook. As an educator it is essentials for us to approach this situation as best as we can and allow the child to sort his or her emotions while also giving the best support we can
This situation of the Central Park Five depicts the failed criminal justice system, the relationship citizens have with law enforcement, and a lack of basic human rights. Imagine a warm summer night, up late with your friends, and you decide to go for a walk in the park. Seems nice, right? That walk in the park turned into a prison sentence. The Central Park Five tells the story of five black and Latino teenage boys who were accused of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park.
In Nancy Heitzeg article “Education or Incarnation: Zero Tolerance Polices And The School To Prison Pipeline” she argues that youth of color are especially at risk for being pushed out of the school system which pushes them onto the street and then into juvenile. Zero tolerance is severely punishing students for committing wrong doings no matter how big or minor they are. This is most certainly a race crime. I remember reading an article for my social work class that stated the United States has the highest incarceration rate. What is even more alarming is the fact the New York state builds future beds in Riker’s Island and in upstate prisons depending on how many African Americans are born today.
As I researched the Kalief Browder story, many I discovered there were several social justice concerns that interconnect and violated basic human rights. The areas of concern consisted of: false imprisonment, housing a sixteen-year-old child with adults, solitary confinement, starvation, socio-economic disparities, failure of our legal system to protect and serve, and denial of proper mental health treatment even after several suicide attempts while in prison. According to MacIntyre (2016), justice is not made up of specific descriptors; the facts can be incongruent at times, but, yet each supplies a significant meaning to the acts of justice (Lebacqz, p. 9). This social injustice film was chosen innocently as a follow-up to a prior documentary
I think the exploited children would either not receive any praise or would receive unauthentic praise, because they people in charge of them don’t have the children’s best interest in mind. I think the trafficked children’s caregivers, wouldn’t do things to build a child’s self-esteem. I think they would do things to lower the child’s self-esteem, for a way of power of the children. I think the video gives a clear distinction of the unhealthy ways these trafficked children are
Stephen Colbert to Congress "It seems like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don 't have any rights as a result. But yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave”. Comedian Stephen Colbert was called for congress to testify what he witnessed working in the fields, when he joined a campaign named “Take our jobs.” Undoubtedly the most attention-grabbing part of the video for me was when a congresswoman stated the death of one migrant worker because of heat stroke. He had worked ten hours straight in the sun and not having there the medication or the help needed, caused him his death.
Mass incarceration is the way that the United States has locked up millions of people over the last forty years using unnecessary and disproportionate policies. Contrary to popular belief, this is racially fueled as most of these policies saw to it that blacks and latinos be locked up for longer than their white peers and for smaller crimes. These racist roots within the system can be traced back to when the first slave ship arrived in the US. But our first major prison boom was seen after the American Civil war. I know that the Civil War was far more than forty years ago.
Imagine sitting in the cafeteria with your friends like any normal day at school. You lean down to get another bite of your peanut butter sandwich, and you hear a scream. You look up and you see two boys with masks carrying big guns. Everything happens in a blur and you’re hiding under the table with your friend who is lying on the ground unconscious. That may seem absurd to you, but it is the reality of many American students over the past decade.
I believe that the the abolition of private prisons would be the best course of action to take. It is completely unconstitutional, from my perspective, to allow enterprises to make a profit off of prisoners, who are, in reality, just people who have made a mistake. It is a given that there are exceptions to this, but as Representative Ellison stated, “Incarceration should be about rehabilitation, not profit.” The fact that nothing has been done due to the clutch these corporations have on legislators is terrifying to me, and taking a stance against them would be sending a message to all wealthy businesses across the U.S., making it clear that the government can not be bought out. In a cost-benefit analysis, as the Justice is Not for Sale Act provides, it is much more fiscally responsible to invest in the rehabilitation of inmates than it is to hire private prisons.
The juvenile justice system has made numerous of ethical issues when managing juvenile offenders. The issue with the juvenile justice system is the laws and rules that govern it. It has led to years of controversial debate over the ethical dilemmas of the juvenile corrections system, and how they work with youth offenders. The number of minors entering the juvenile justice system is increasing every month. The reasons why the juvenile justice system faces ethical dilemmas is important and needs to be addressed: (1) a vast proportion of juveniles are being tried and prosecuted as adults; (2) the psychological maturation of the juvenile to fully comprehend the justice system; and (3) the factors that contribute to minorities being adjudicated in the juvenile justice system are more likely than White offenders.
Juveniles Justice Juveniles who are criminals being sentenced to life without parole can be shocking to some people. I believe if a juvenile is able to commit a crime, then they are able to do the time. The article “Startling finds on Teenage Brains” talks about how the brain can be different from the time you are teens to the time you are an adult. After, considering both sides on juvenile justice it is clear that juveniles should face life without parole because they did the crime so they can do the time. Also I believe the juvenile’s age should not influence the sentence and the punishment give.
The literature review clearly has shown that there is a phenomenon called School to Prison, Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, or Public Education to Prison Pipeline. Therefore, Jeremy Thompson (2016) says, “Zero-tolerance policies in schools result in high suspension rates and expulsion rates among students in general, but disproportionately affect minority students, especially African-Americans because students who have been suspended or expelled are more likely than not to end up in the Criminal Justice