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JPI Daily News Digest 11/28/2012

AZ: Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School (Common Dreams)
In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.

National: Jim Crow's drug war (Metro Times)
Attorney Michelle Alexander has been shaking things up across the nation over the past two years, yet you may not have heard of her. Her book, The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, takes on race and the War on Drugs in ways few people would dare to approach.

CA: Crime and punishment in California (LA Times)
After decades of prison planning work in California and across the country, I've seen two prevailing assumptions about crime and punishment finally begin to crack amid years of real-world testing.

IN: Indiana Prison Population Flattens Out  (WIBC)
A push by Governor Daniels to reform sentencing for low-level felonies collapsed in last year's legislature. But local judges and prosecutors appear to be taking care of the issue themselves.

PA: Allegheny County juvenile system gets high marks (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Using the Luzerne County "Kids for Cash" scandal as a backdrop, officials in Allegheny County's juvenile court system set out to review their own county's state of affairs.

MS: Mississippi County Jails Kids For School Dress Code Violations, Tardiness, DOJ Alleges (Think Progress)
In Meridian, Miss., it is school officials – not police – who determine who should be arrested. Schools seeking to discipline students call the police, and police policy is to arrest all children referred to the agency, according to a Department of Justice lawsuit. The result is a perverse system that funnels children as young as ten who merely misbehave in class into juvenile detention centers without basic constitutional procedures.

MN: Report: Racial inequalities rife in Minn.'s juvenile justice system (MPR News)
Christian Bonner was 14 when St Paul police first arrested him for fighting in school. "One day I kinda lost it and I went and fought a kid. And the police got called on me," said Bonner, who is black. "And then I flipped out on the police."

National: Study: Student Arrest Leads to Push Out, Low College Attendance (Education Week)
A minor student's arrest record may be wiped clean at 18, but it may already have permanently blemished her chances of graduating high school and going on to college and funneled her into the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a new study at the University of Texas at Austin.

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