Taking Back Our Children: A Reader to Foster Dialogue Around Youth Justice Reform
The CA’s Raise the Age Campaign has partnered with Herstory Writers Workshop, an organization dedicated to using an empathy-based technique of memoir writing to give a place in the cultural and policy-making discourses to those whose stories have been silenced and unsung.
Working with the Campaign, Herstory has created a special folio edition of their book, Taking Back Our Children: A Reader to Foster Dialogue Around Youth Justice Reform, featuring a collection of stories by adolescents writing from jail.
The edition features a forward from Soffiyah Elijah, the CA’s Executive Director and Angelo Pinto, the CA’s Raise the Age Campaign Manager, along with a special section on “raising the age” for all youth and ending the practice of housing children in adult jails and prisons.
The book is a powerful tool that can educate legislators, the public, and the press, and can be used to start a critical dialogue between educators, corrections officers, law enforcement, child welfare agencies, and advocates about the best ways to support children who become involved in the justice system.
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“Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Association’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
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Prison Monitoring Reports
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