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Race, Ethnicity, and School Discipline

August 1, 2012 by


I’ll admit: I got sucked in to some sensationalist coverage about changes to school discipline. Alarmist “journalists” described the new policies as imposing racially based quotas on school discipline. I didn’t read carefully – it was just a passing skim on my smartphone – and not everything that shows up in the google news reader […]

Guest Post: Child Abuse in the Name of God

July 18, 2012 by


guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  “You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve […]

What Works for Juvenile Offenders? Hard to Tell

July 2, 2012 by


Despite the fact that ‘evidence-based’ and ‘proven best practice’ are buzzwords more popular than sprinkles on cupcakes these days, it’s still hard to figure out what really works when it comes to programs for juvenile offenders. In an article based on research sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Dan Mears […]

Lessons Learned from Abuse of Bus Monitor Karen Klein

June 21, 2012 by


Karen Klein, an older bus monitor in Greece, New York, is shown in this ten minute video being verbally abused by a group of middle school students. The footage is disturbing and upsetting. In response, a fundraising effort on indiegogo to give Klein a vacation has brought in over $134,000 and the numbers keep going […]

AMBER Alert System Fumbles With Family Abductions

June 4, 2012 by


The AMBER alert system, created in 1996, has evolved into a multi-agency rapid deployment response system designed to quickly locate abducted children. It requires that organizations as disparate as law enforcement, mobile providers, and news outlets coordinate their response toward a single common goal: pushing information to the public to help find missing children. The […]

What Do We Know About Gangs?

May 16, 2012 by


Gangs are notoriously difficult study. How do you define them? Ask people to self-identify and trust their answers? Ask cops? Social scientists? Prison officials? All of these methods have serious flaws, but there’s no great alternative. So how does the National Gang Center conduct the National Youth Gang Survey? Since 1996, the National Gang Center, […]