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'Welcome to the white man's world': police officer accused of shocking attack on Latino teen
"A Massachusetts police officer accused of spitting on and kicking a Latino teen during an arrest in 2016, yelling "welcome to the white man's world", has been arrested and charged with three counts of federal civil rights violations.
According to the indictment, Springfield officer Gregg Bigda also threatened to "stick a fucking kilo of coke in [the juvenile's] pocket and put [the juvenile] away for fucking 15 years", and to "fucking kill [the juvenile] in the parking lot".
Those comments, which came during an interrogation after the arrest, were captured on video and publicly released by the Republican newspaper in 2016. In the footage Bigda can be heard yelling: "I'm not hampered by the fucking truth 'cause I don't give a fuck! People like you belong in jail. I'll charge you with whatever!"
In the indictment, prosecutors described the officer's behavior as "so abusive that it shocks the conscience"."
The Guardian (UK), October 31, 2018
At this juvenile justice program, staffers set up fights — and then bet on them Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177946531.html#storylink=cpy
"The allegations were straight out of Oliver Twist: Teens said there were maggots in the food — and barely enough of it. The youths wore threadbare and filthy clothing. They lacked soap, toothpaste, deodorant, socks. The medical care was lousy, toilets overflowed and the buildings were crumbling. Officers choked and punched them.
For discipline and diversion, workers organized fights among the detainees. And sometimes they bet on them.
The delinquent boys came and went. But Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility remained.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177946531.html#storylink=cpy"
Miami Herald, October 10, 2017
Should Juveniles Be Locked in Solitary Confinement?
"Congress is taking steps toward prohibiting the use of solitary confinement against juvenile offenders.
Earlier this month U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the MERCY Act, which would ban the use of "room confinement" in federal juvenile facilities. The bill was cosponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT)."
reason.com, August 22, 2015.
Violence at Rikers Island is highest in more than a decade despite thousands of fewer inmates
" This has been the bloodiest year behind bars in more than a decade even though thousands fewer inmates are being locked up on Rikers Island, city records show.
There were 108 stabbings and slashings in the fiscal year ending June 30. That's up from the 88 in 2014 and more than double from the 41 recorded in 2011."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 16, 2015.
At Lawrence Hall, vulnerable kids terrorized, learn life of crime
"The conditions inside the residential center and group homes, detailed in thousands of pages of confidential juvenile case records since 2011, underscore the crisis in Illinois' loosely monitored system for housing disadvantaged youths who have behavioral and mental health problems. Amid staff shortages, youths are raped, assaulted and running away by the thousands, the Tribune found, and many come out more battered than when they were admitted."
Chicago Tribune, December 04, 2014.
State Urges Arkansas Juvenile Detention to Stop Using WRAP Restraint
YELL COUNTY, Ark. –– The State of Arkansas is cracking down on a restraint mechanism some juvenile detainees call "torture." It's known as the WRAP system. According to the state, the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center used it to restrain minors at its facility for up to four hours at a time.
Ozarksfirst.com, October 9, 2014
- Washington County JDC Has No Plans to Stop Using WRAP Device
"The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center has also been corresponding with the Division of Youth Services regarding the WRAP, but, as aforementioned, the facility does not have a contract with DYS. It is under the direction of Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards, and has no plans to stop using the device."
ArkansasMatters.com, October 14, 2014.
Teens will no longer be kept in Rikers Island solitary: Corrections Department boss
" Young inmates in city jails will no longer be kept in solitary confinement starting at the end of this year, the new Corrections Department boss has promised.
In a memo to Mayor de Blasio sent last week, Commissioner Joseph Ponte said he'll end punitive segregation for 16— and 17—year—old prisoners at Rikers Island."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 30, 2014.
L.A. Judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students
"Los Angeles' top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 million to school police there from state funds earmarked to provide special learning assistance to disadvantaged and foster kids."
Center for Public Integrity, June 09, 2014.
Lawyers Fight Placement of Transgender Juvenile in Adult Male Correctional Facility
Attorney Aaron Romano, one of the youth's lawyers, said the legal team would oppose any move to place the youth at Manson, saying her life would be in danger. And Romano said any move to put the youth in an isolation or seclusion unit at York would also be opposed — as a violation of her constitutional rights.
The Courant, April 10, 2014
- Jailed transgender teen moved to psych center
"HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—A troubled transgender girl detained in the Connecticut adult women's prison for two months without criminal charges was moved Tuesday to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters."
Associated Press, June 24, 2014.
Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash
MSNBC, February 11, 2009
Former child welfare caseworker played hooky — and forged documents to cover it up, authorities say
New York Daily News, May 28, 2009
Judge Accused of Routinely Leaving Work Early Agrees to Resign
Law.com, April 17, 2009
Experts Say Counseling, Not Boot Camps, Prevent Teen Violence
The Associated Press, October 16, 2004
Federal Inquiry: Justice Department Examines Conditions At State Youth Facilities
Phoenix New Times, June 27, 2002
Officers Ignore Laws Set Up to Guard Kids
Chicago Tribune, December 18, 2001
For Troubled Teen, There's No Escape
Legal Times, October 24, 2001
'Dad Said He'd Kill Me,' Accused Teen Tells Court
The Plain Dealer, October 20, 2001
"He Was Protecting Me"
The Hartford Courant, July 10, 2001
Young Voices From The Cell
Time, May 2001
Comprehensive series from Frontline, on the "adult vs. child" debate, including offender interviews, circa 2001
Restorative Justice Interventions For Juvenile Offenders: A Research Agenda For The Next Decade
Western Criminology Review, 1998
Juvenile Justice Information Portfolio
Information Portfolio from the United Nations Children's FundInnocenti Digest 3 [PDF]
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Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Georgetown Public Policy Institute
3300 Whitehaven St NW Suite 5000
Washington, DC 20057
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
1710 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 547-6600
Juvenile Justice Center
American Bar Association
740 15th Street, N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 662-1506
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Phone: (301) 519-5500
TTY local: (301) 947-8374
TTY Toll-free: (877) 712-9279
The NCJRS is an extensive source of information on criminal and juvenile justice, providing services to an international community of policymakers and professionals.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: (202) 307-5911
The OJJDP is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for working with states and communities to develop programs to prevent and control juvenile delinquency.
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