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JPI Daily News Digest 12/17/2012

National: U.S. Senate Committee Probes “School-to-Prison Pipeline” (Stateline)
When Judge Steven Teske took the bench in 1999, about one-third of the cases on his Clayton County, Georgia juvenile court docket came from school referrals for low-risk misdemeanor offenses, such as disrupting class or small hallway scuffles. And as the number of kids arrested and suspended grew, juvenile crime in the community increased. He was witnessing the effects of what many call the “school to prison pipeline,” where student discipline is handled through suspensions and referrals to law enforcement.

NY: Banking on Detention: Demonstrators Call on Wells Fargo to Divest from Private Prisons (In These Times)
After Ancelma’s husband was deported to Mexico, she found herself unable to close a bank account with Wells Fargo that was accruing overdraft fees. Though it has marketed itself as a bank of choice for the Latino community—accepting matricula cards that give undocumented immigrants access to banking services and even establishing “Wells Fargo Amigos” outreach teams—the bank refused to accept her husband’s authorization to close the account because it was written in Spanish.

IL: Agency says it’s trying to fix problems at youth prison (The Southern)
The agency that oversees a prison for mentally ill youth says it is working to fill vacancies that have resulted in residents receiving less treatment than their counterparts at other facilities.

National: Aging, Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice System: A Content Analysis of the Literature (Social Science Rsearch Network)
Whereas older adults in the criminal justice system are a significant public health concern, there has been little research examining mental health among this population. This content analysis attempts to fill that gap by examining the international peer-reviewed empirical journal articles on mental health and older adults in the criminal justice system.

National: Jailed without conviction: Behind bars for lack of money  (Christian Science Monitor)
The teenager opened her neighbor's unlocked car, grabbed the iPhone off the armrest and ran home, a few doors away in her downtown neighborhood here.Perchelle Richardson still isn't sure why she took the phone. Just five days earlier, for her 18th birthday, her mother had given her a standard, no-frills cellphone. But she loved the way iPhones looked, and her little brothers had seen this one through the car window as they played outside.

AL: Alabama Guards Treated Women Prisoners as Sex Slaves (International Business Times)
Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama became a sexual warzone for its inmates, preyed upon by the men suposed to protect them - a stark example of how the rape crisis in US prisons remains unchallenged.The US prison rape issue is highlighted in a new BBC report, which found that although new measures are being taken to protect inmates, sex attacks remain common.

National: School-to-Prison Pipeline a Likely Reality for Black and Latino Youth (Politics365)
A new policy trend is happening in public education all over the United States.  Legislators are regulating disciplinary measures that disproportionally affect Black and Hispanic students, and students with disabilities.  These moves are meant to end what scholars call the “School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

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