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JPI Daily News Digest 12/10/2012

DC: Disarray at D.C. youth agency is endemic, records say (Washington Times)
The D.C. agency charged with rehabilitating youth offenders has squandered and underutilized resources intended for youth services during a period in which dozens of managers have left or been forced out of the agency, according to legislative oversight documents obtained through a public-records request.

National: Prison’s not for all (
Ohio is a year into its justice reinvestment initiative — a crime fighting effort grounded in “evidence-based practices” that have gripped nearly one-third of the country. Last summer, when Gov. John Kasich signed Act 86 into law, supporters — and there were many — predicted that the measure would ease prison overcrowding and save taxpayers up to $78 million a year.

National: The Sad Truth About Imprisoned Children In America [Infographic] (Business Insider)

CA: Viewpoints: Don't build more jails – fix inmate recidivism (Sacramento Bee)
In polls and with their votes, Californians are sending a strong message that they are ready for the state to move in a new direction when it comes to public safety. With realignment, local law enforcement has an unrivaled opportunity to lead us in this new direction, but the jury is still out on whether local officials will take up this challenge by adopting strategies that will make neighborhoods safer while maximizing scarce resources.

NY: More Young Offenders Diverted Away from Criminal Justice System  (WNYC News)
The city is keeping many more juvenile offenders out of the court system and sending them to community based programs instead. According to a paper released Monday by Child Welfare Watch, a non-profit publication, more than 4,500 teens under 16 had their cases diverted and closed in 2011 - 47 percent more than in 2009 and more than double the number in 2006.

MI: U.S. prison system 'moral equivalent of Jim Crow,' author tells Detroit audience (MLive)
You might think last month's presidential election proved one thing: That there are no longer any racial barriers to success in America. But last weekend, author Michelle Alexander came to Detroit and told a spellbound audience that while she once shared that illusion, this happy image is anything but true.

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