Roundup: Sentenced to Shakespeare, and More

  • juvenile-justice-reform_old-TVJuvenile justice reform may finally be coming to New York state, where governor David A. Paterson has proposed a bill that would radically change the state's juvenile justice system by sharply limiting the kinds of crimes for which youth could be committed to youth prison, and setting up an independent office to oversee those prisons. Unfortunately, increased mental health and substance abuse treatment for youth in the system are not in the bill. (See this post for background on New York's broken juvenile justice system, and the opportunities it could provide for reform.)
  • A program in Boston Lenox, MA diverts youth in the justice system to a 10-year-old, five-week program called "Shakespeare in the Courts, " according to The Boston Globe. Their sentence? Rehearsing Shakespeare four afternoons a week, with the goal of putting on a performance. What's great about the article is how well it displays the power of such a program to help kids change, as well as their uncertainty in the face of such an unconventional response to their behavior. (Related story: the National Endowment for the Arts recently funded performances of Shakespeare for youth in the juvenile justice system -- follow the link and check out the third bullet. )
  • juvenile-youth-mentoring_Hazel-CameronOur very own Hazel Cameron -- Director of The 4C Coalition and Community Fellow for Reclamiing Futures Seattle-King County -- has been named a "Champion of Mentoring" by Washington State Mentors. Congratulations, Hazel!
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published its Final Plan for Fiscal Year(FY) 2010 in the May 20, 2010, Federal Register. The Final Plan describes discretionary program activities that OJJDP intends to carry out during the current fiscal year.
  • Retailer TJ Maxx did the right thing when it removed drinking games from its shelves "after a Boston Globe reporter spotted the games and contacted the parent company asking why games titled 'Drink Like a Fish' and 'Drink Til You Drop' were on display next to graduation gifts," according to Join Together. Which goes to show that a little public pressure can shape a community that not only supports teens in recovery from addiction, but also helps prevent them from becoming addicted in the first place.

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Updated: June 04 2010