Families of Inmates: A Photographer’s Focus at Rikers Island

Every day an estimated 1,500 family members and friends of those incarcerated on New York’s Rikers Island visit their loved ones. For several months, photographer Salvador Espinoza rode the bus back and forth, documenting the stories of these people.

Young People Protest Trump’s Immigration Order

Carley Moore, author and clinical professor of liberal studies at NYU, is not surprised that young people are taking the lead.

“There’s a lot of trauma right now in the classroom,” said Moore, who teaches a course on youth activism. “But students have always been activists and they will always be activists.”

Bookstore’s Closing Leaves Bronx Residents Disrupted and Nostalgic

At the end of the year, Barnes & Noble in the Bronx will close, leaving a borough of more than 1.4 million people without a general-interest bookstore. “In poorer neighborhoods, those Barnes & Nobles are a centerpiece. Children begin to understand that reading is a very important part of life by seeing other people reading,” said Susan Neuman, a professor of literacy development at New York University.

Ex-Inmates Helping to Transform Prison Into Building for Women and Girls

“They can walk through the building a thousand times, but when they walk through it with somebody that had to live here, that was incarcerated here, it’s a different vibe,” Cheryl Wilkins said, adding that an advisory committee comprised of formerly incarcerated women regularly meets with NoVo Foundation representatives to plan for the building’s future.

Kids and Drugs: A New Theory

Author and reporter Maia Szalavitz, who writes about substance use and related issues recently spoke with Youth Today and JJIE about her experience and her newest book: “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction,” released in April. Here’s Szalavitz’s take on addiction and its complexities, from her own experience and in her own words.