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JPI Daily News Digest 4/20/12

CA: Obama’s drug czar visits with Southland clergy leaders, pushes White House drug strategy (KPCC)
President Obama’s drug czar is pushing a new national strategy for dealing with illegal substance abuse — one that's heavy on treatment, and a little lighter on criminal penalties. The White House calls it a drug policy for the 21st century: a plan that uses scientific research to emphasize drug addiction as a preventable, treatable disease...

CA: Lead juvenile justice expert says state facilities should stay open (KALW)
For more than thirty years, it's been Barry Krisberg's priority to fight for reforms in California's state juvenile correctional facilities, known as the California Youth Authority (CYA) or Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). And now a change is coming at the DJJ...

IL: Reformers: sex offender mandate would hurt Illinois (Illinois Times)
As Illinois lawmakers debate a bill to increase registration requirements for sex offenders under a federal mandate, reform advocates say it would cost the state too much. They say many other states have declined to enact the federal law for the same reason...

NY: ‘It’s More Than a School’: Proposing Programs to Meet Student Needs (New York Times)
What needs do various school populations have? How do schools meet those needs? Students consider the story of Carroll Academy, a Tennessee school run by a juvenile court, and how the school uses compulsory participation in basketball to provide structure for its female students. Then they think about the needs and existing programs at their own school, and then propose new programs to serve unmet needs...

US: Locking Down an American Workforce (Huffington Post)
Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world.  Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work.  The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain...

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