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Cuffing Kids: How Young is Too Young?

April 26, 2012 by


When Salecia Johnson, a six year old girl, was handcuffed by police for a “tantrum” at school, Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord justified the action by saying, “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that […]

What to Do When Children Die Because They Were Forgotten in Cars

March 29, 2012 by


Ryan Murphy died because his mother left him in a hot car where, at two years old, he could not get out and eventually died from the heat. What if, instead, she had been holding him and tripped at the top of a flight of stairs? What is the difference between accident and murder? Where […]

How to Go to Prison for Stealing Something That’s Free

March 16, 2012 by


Want a prison sentence for stealing something free? It helps if you can describe yourself as follows: Black, poor, homeless, single mom, drug-involved. Oh, and let’s add in another ingredient – you want your child to have a better education. Tanya McDowell’s short journey has taken a strange path from struggling mother, to school services […]

Kids and Social Messages About Crime

March 11, 2012 by


It’s completely normal for kids to be interested in cops and robbers, superheroes and supervillains. In fact, identifying with these kinds of characters and their common story arcs is a way to learn about good and evil and the nuances of morality. Identifying with Wonder Woman might help a little girl negotiate harassment she is […]

Rethinking Children and Crime: Children’s Exposure to Violence

March 4, 2012 by


While it’s easy to see children as victims of crime when they are abused, neglected, assaulted, or stolen from, we haven’t always thought of exposure to violence as a type of criminal victimization. Fortunately, the field is increasingly recognizing that vicarious trauma matters. Exposure to violence matters to all of us, and as professionals, we […]

Lady Gaga Gets it Right on Bullying Language

March 2, 2012 by


Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way Foundation is working to stop bullying – and the smartest thing she’s doing is avoiding the term “bully” itself. While the media, as well as many of her monsters, are using the word bully left and right, Gaga’s foundation doesn’t use the word. At all. Instead, there are other […]