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8 items by Molly Knefel

  • Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts?

    Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts? | ARTICLE

    Of all the constitutional rights afforded to Americans, the right to counsel is one of the most well known. In movies and TV shows, cops recite Miranda rights immediately upon arresting anyone, informing suspects of their right...

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM ET
  • Five Offenses That Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail

    Five Offenses That Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail | ARTICLE

    Supporters of the U.S. criminal justice system often justify locking people up in jails and prisons by saying that this promotes public safety. Given how many prisoners are serving extraordinarily long sentences for non-violent offenses,...

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM ET
  • Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline?

    Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline? | ARTICLE

    When Marlyn Tillman's family moved from Maryland to Georgia, her oldest son was in middle school. Throughout his eighth grade year, he was told by his school's administration that his clothing was inappropriate. Even a simple North...

    January 24, 2014 12:35 PM ET
  • The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Nationwide Problem for Equal Rights

    The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Nationwide Problem for Equal Rights | ARTICLE

    What happens to education when students, from preschool to high school, are subjected to disciplinary policies that more closely resemble policing than teaching? Around the country, advocates are collecting data illustrating the devastating effects of what they...

    November 7, 2013 4:20 PM ET
  • Poor Preschoolers Suffer During Government Shutdown

    Poor Preschoolers Suffer During Government Shutdown | ARTICLE

    Head Start, the federally funded early-childhood education program serving low-income children across the country, was dealt a major blow earlier this week after the government shutdown left 23 of its local programs without grant money necessary to...

    October 4, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners

    When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners | ARTICLE

    As students in New York City return to school for the fall, a coalition of youth and legal advocacy groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, has launched a campaign to address disciplinary policies...

    September 12, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • The Fight for Trans Rights in the Military

    The Fight for Trans Rights in the Military | ARTICLE

    Chelsea Manning, the military whistleblower sentenced last week to 35 years in prison for leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks, came out as transgender the day after sentencing, announcing that she is female and hopes...

    August 26, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • Stop-and-Frisk City: Does Bloomberg Really Care About Kids' Safety?

    Stop-and-Frisk City: Does Bloomberg Really Care About Kids' Safety? | ARTICLE

    Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin found New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policing practices unconstitutional, ordered immediate reforms and appointed a monitor to oversee them. Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded in a press conference that...

    August 20, 2013 1:45 PM ET
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