Juvenile Justice: The Return on Investment
By Shakyra Diaz
This is the eighth in a series of posts focusing on issues we will be tackling at the 2014 ACLU of Ohio biennial conference, Resist. Reclaim. Restore Your Rights!
We have all heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ I would like to add, ‘It takes a village to fail a child.’
As a society, we are very quick to take credit for any contribution we have made in the life of a successful young person. We should also start taking a very critical look at how our contribution, or our lack of contribution, affects young people that are not so successful.
Register now for the 2014 ACLU of Ohio Biennial Conference!
In many ways children are like bank accounts, you get out of children what you put in them. If we only deposit negativity and trauma in the lives of young people, then they will give us negativity and trauma in return. We all have opportunities to make deposits as individuals, but systems make deposits that affect a large number of young people, sometimes for generations.
To learn more about how systems can traumatize children and to hear about exciting reforms we invite you to join the ACLU of Ohio for Resist. Reclaim. Restore Your Rights! 2014 ACLU of Ohio Biennial Conference.
This conference will take place on July 26 in Columbus, Ohio and will examine a variety of topics including the school to prison pipeline and solitary confinement.
The workshop, Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense: Harsh School Discipline will examine 20 years of harsh school discipline policies that have resulted in unnecessary suspension, expulsion, and criminalization of children for age-appropriate, minor school behaviors as well as efforts underway to reform such policies.
The workshop, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Solitary Confinement of Children will examine the harmful affects of the solitary confinement of children in detention centers, jails, prisons, group homes, and schools, as well as recent reforms.
Both workshops will offer CLE and CEU credits.
Join us to learn how to help children become successful adults.
Read more about these workshops and others at the ACLU of Ohio Conference, here.