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Mar 24, 2016 Justice for Families (J4F) is a national alliance of local organizations committed to ending the “youth incarceration epidemic.” It was founded and is run by parents and families who have experienced the juvenile justice system with their children. We sat down with co-founder and executive director Grace Bauer-Lubow and associate director Tracey Wells-Huggins to discuss J4F’s recent release of...
Feb 29, 2016 Last week, Vera, in partnership with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, hosted a lively discussion about the importance of family engagement for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and launched a new report, Identifying, Engaging, and Empowering Families: A Charge for Juvenile Justice Agencies. Shay Bilchik, founder and director of the...
Jan 7, 2016 I began my career by serving in different settings as a voice for system-involved youth—on advisory boards and oversight committees locally and nationally. In that short time, I’ve noticed that youth engagement, while well-intentioned, can fall into avoidable pitfalls. Some youth engagement efforts are superficial—they include a small number of young people (sometimes only one) in reform conversations—through advisory boards, taskforces, or councils—to...
Dec 14, 2015 Last year, I outed myself as an inveterate Bravophile[1] when I pointed out the interesting—if accidental—work that The Real Housewives of New Jersey did to illuminate what it’s like to wait for incarceration to begin. What I didn’t expect (and probably should have)...
Dec 7, 2015 Unlike in the criminal justice system, people in deportation proceedings do not have the right to counsel to assist in their legal defense. As of November 2015, however, 40 New Yorkers confronted with deportation proceedings at the Ulster Immigration Court in Napanoch, New York will no longer have to face a judge on their own. With funding from the New York State Assembly, the Ulster Immigration Court will be the latest site of the New York Immigrant...

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