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High School Suspensions Cost the Country $35 Billion Annually, Report Estimates

When students get suspended from school for a few days, they may not be the only ones who miss out. A report released today by UCLA's Civil Rights Project tries for the first time to quantify the full social cost of so-called "exclusionary…
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Pushed Out and Punished: One Woman's Story Shows How Systems Are Failing Black Girls

Black girls don’t misbehave more, experts say, yet they often receive more severe penalties for the same behavior as white peers. Read more.
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Teen Sentenced to 241 Years in Prison - The Hill

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of Bobby Bostic, who argues that his 241-year sentence violates the Eighth Amendment under Graham v. Florida. Read more and watch.
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FREE Parenting Webinars, April 16-26

Over the next two weeks, Parenting Beyond Punishment will be hosting several seminars listed below. Monday, April 16th 10:30 AM Using Your Longterm Goals to Guide Your Everyday Parenting Decisions - Join Dr. Joan Durrant, Robbyn Peters…
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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline - The New York Times

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on school disciplinary policies nationwide. The GAO found that African-American students are being punished disproportionately compared to Caucasian students. Read more.
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Intersection: Trauma Informed Schools

Dr. Lisa Spector is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Nemours and sits on the Orange County Health department’s Trauma Informed committee. Dr. Spector joins us to explain what it means to be trauma informed, and how the approach…
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Fernandez Case Highlights the Long-Term Implications of Incarcerating Youthful Offenders - The Florida Times-Union

After serving nearly seven years for the death of his younger brother, 19-year-old Cristian Fernandez will face many obstacles once released back into society. Read more.   Photo by Izhar Khan from Pexels.
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Event: Defining Justice: The Experience of Women and Children Behind Bars - February 28 at 8:00 am

The growing consensus around criminal justice reform is complex: Republicans and Democrats alike support measures like banning the box, reforming bail systems, expanding reentry programs and changing sentences for nonviolent offenders; others…
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YES on CS/SB 1392: Prearrest Diversion Programs

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support CS/SB 1392! On Tuesday, February 27, the Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations will be considering CS/SB 1392: Prearrest Diversion Programs. SB 1392 enacts several criminal justice reforms,…
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I Sentenced a Teen to Die in Prison. I Regret It - The Washington Post

In this op-ed, retired Missouri circuit court judge Evelyn Baker expresses her regrets about sentencing a 16-year-old to 241 years in prison for armed robbery. Read more.   Photo by Mitchel Lensink on Unsplash.
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Review: What Doesn’t Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

Reviewer: Sarah Krantz, Esq. Article to be Reviewed: Howell, James C. "What Doesn’t Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency." Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework, 130-147 (2003) http://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/3323_Howell_Capter7FINAL.pdf. Summary D.A.R.E.…
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Expert Calls for Expanded Use of Restorative Justice in Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union

This month, State Attorney Melissa Nelson's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee held an event featuring two speakers: Lauren Abramson, a biopsychologist and founder of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, and Ellis Curry, who was…