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Kids For Cash

Author: William Ecenbarger
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586849
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Investigates the "kids for cash" scandal that saw Judge Mark A. Ciavarella hand down unusually harsh sentences to delinquent teenagers, ordering that they be sent to a detention facility in which he had a financial stake.

Juvenile Justice Sourcebook

Author: Wesley T Church, II
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019932462X
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Several million reported and unreported delinquent acts take place each year. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, juvenile delinquency, acting-out and oppositional behavior, illegal drugs, guns, and youth violence are pervasive throughout American society. Juvenile Justice Sourcebook is the first comprehensive volume devoted exclusively to the biopsychosocial assessment, police and juvenile court processing, and institutional and community-based treatment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. The overriding objective of this sourcebook is to trace the tremendous progress achieved toward resolving juvenile justice issues, dilemmas, and controversies, while providing futuristic visions for the juvenile justice field. Each chapter, authored by preeminent expert practitioners and researchers, explores topics ranging from innovative counseling and multisystemic programs, to restorative justice, to rehabilitation programs such as aggression replacement training, wilderness programs, family treatment, substance abuse treatment, restitution, and aftercare. This volume, grounded in history and exhaustive research, presents the latest evidence-based policies, programs, and innovative treatment alternatives. Examining the entire juvenile justice system, including juvenile law, policies, practices, and research, the Juvenile Justice Sourcebook will be invaluable to all juvenile justice practitioners, policy analysts, researchers, and students.

The Price Of Silence

Author: Liza Long
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698161335
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Liza Long is the mother of a child who has bipolar disorder. When she heard about the Newtown shooting, her first thought was, “What if my son does that someday?” She wrote an emotional response to the tragedy, which the Boise State University online journal published as “I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.” The post went viral, receiving 1.2 million Facebook likes, nearly 17,000 tweets, and 30,000 emails. Now, in The Price of Silence, she takes a devastating look at how we address mental illness, especially in children, who are funneled through a system of education, mental healthcare, and juvenile detention that leads far too often to prison. In the end she asks one central question: If there's a poster child for cancer, why can’t there be one for mental illness? The answer: stigma. She is speaking in a way that we cannot help but hear, and she won't stop until something changes.

Equity And Justice In Developmental Science Implications For Young People Families And Communities

Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128019077
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Equity and Justice in Development Science: Implications for Diverse Young People, Families, and Communities, a two volume set, focuses on the implications of equity and justice (and other relevant concepts) for a myriad of developmental contexts/domains relevant to the lives of young people and families (e.g. education, juvenile justice), also including recommendations for ensuring those contexts serve the needs of all young people and families. Both volumes bring together a growing body of developmental scholarship that addresses how issues relevant to equity and justice (or their opposites) affect development and developmental outcomes, as well as scholarship focused on mitigating the developmental consequences of inequity, inequality, and injustice for young people, families, and communities. Contains a wide array of topics on equity and justice which are discussed in detail Focuses on mitigating the developmental consequences of inequity, inequality, and injustice for young people, families, and communities Includes chapters that highlight some of the most recent research in the area Serves as an invaluable resource for developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students

Social Context Reform

Author: Paul Thomas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317656970
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Currently, both the status quo of public education and the "No Excuses" Reform policies are identical. The reform offers a popular and compelling narrative based on the meritocracy and rugged individualism myths that are supposed to define American idealism. This volume will refute this ideology by proposing Social Context Reform, a term coined by Paul Thomas which argues for educational change within a larger plan to reform social inequity—such as access to health care, food, higher employment, better wages and job security. Since the accountability era in the early 1980s, policy, public discourse, media coverage, and scholarly works have focused primarily on reforming schools themselves. Here, the evidence that school-only reform does not work is combined with a bold argument to expand the discourse and policy surrounding education reform to include how social, school, and classroom reform must work in unison to achieve goals of democracy, equity, and opportunity both in and through public education. This volume will include a wide variety of essays from leading critical scholars addressing the complex elements of social context reform, all of which address the need to re-conceptualize accountability and to seek equity and opportunity in social and education reform.


Author: Nate Blakeslee
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 0786735465
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In the summer of 1999, in the tiny west Texas town of Tulia, thirty-nine people, almost all of them black, were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. The operation, a federally-funded investigation performed in cooperation with the local authorities, was based on the work of one notoriously unreliable undercover officer. At trial, the prosecution relied almost solely on the uncorroborated, and contradictory, testimony of that officer, Tom Coleman. Despite the flimsiness of the evidence against them, virtually all of the defendants were convicted and given sentences as high as ninety-nine years. Tom Coleman was named a Texas Lawman of the Year for his work.Tulia is the story of this town, the bust, the trials, and the heroic legal battle that ultimately led to the reversal of the convictions in the summer of 2003. Laws have been changed in Texas as a result of the scandal, and the defendants have earned a measure of bittersweet redemption. But the story is much bigger than the tale of just one bust. As Tulia makes clear, these events are the latest chapter in a story with themes as old as the country itself. It is a gripping, marvelously well-told tale about injustice, race, poverty, hysteria, and desperation in rural America.

Kids For Cash

Author: William Ecenbarger
ISBN: 9781620970409
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Investigates the "kids for cash" scandal that saw Judge Mark A. Ciavarella hand down unusually harsh sentences to delinquent teenagers, ordering that they be sent to a detention facility in which he had a financial stake.

To Die In Mexico

Author: John Gibler
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 0872865762
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On-the-ground reporting and behind-the-scene stories from Mexico's drug war by Mexico-based journalist, John Gibler.

Untouchable Flame

Author: Kemisha L. Swan
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1468598260
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Untouchable Flame, a hundred and eighty page memoir, is an inspiring, true-life journey. It tells the story of a young girl born on the West Side of Chicago, who was often left by her parents, along with her siblings, in a dark, cold, rat-infested basement without food and proper clothing for weeks at a time, waiting for their mother to return from her drug induced gambits to care for them. Terrified by the nightly visits from two of her relatives, who began molesting her at the age of seven, this young girl was forced to turn to the only person she could trust: her poor, disabled grandmother, who despite her lack of education and advantages, taught the children in her care how to pray and believe in God. The children's faith in God was sorely tested when a tragedy happened, killing both her grandmother and step-grandfather. With no one to confide in, and traumatized by the tragic death of her grandparents, the author and her five siblings were placed into different foster homes, shelters, and group homes over the course of eighteen years. Untouchable Flame was written to touch the lives of thousands of people, who may have experienced the same kind of pain, and help them gain strength through the example of someone who was able to overcome great odds and eventually receive an education that allowed her to share her story.

Fighting Chance

Author: Jane Haddam
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 125001235X
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When his best friend, parish priest Tibor Kasparian, is wrongly arrested for murder, a distraught Gregor Demarkian breaks his personal rules about consulting in his determination to uncover the truth. By the Edgar Award and Anthony Award-nominated author of Hearts of Sand.