Remaking a Life: Inside and Out

I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25.

Barry Krisberg on Where Juvenile Justice Goes From Here Under a Trump Administration

Barry Krisberg has been advocating for progressive reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems since the late 1960s. He has seen the pendulum swing back and forth.
What does he say now?
“I think we’re moving into a nightmarish period in terms of the federal role in criminal justice.”

Sailing through Memory

My mind is somewhat of a junkyard, full of twisted metal and lost souls, and I sweat as I run from demons that pose as guilty pleasures. My future looks close, yet far, like a regatta waiting for me at bay.

A Day in the Life of a U.S. Teen: Diego Holguin

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Inside Out Writers: An Introduction

I was 15 and already convicted. Shepherded by probation officers up and down the halls at Central prior to any official sentencing, I was guilty before proven innocent — until the IOW program came along.

California Law to Close Group Homes Stresses Importance of Family for Every Foster Kid

Katrina Alston wasn’t trained as a therapist, social worker or anything of that nature when she worked at a Pasadena, California, group home for emotionally troubled teenage girls in the Los Angeles County foster care system. She simply went through a weeklong training process and two weeks of job shadowing.