Derek Roguski and Hannah Sadtler came to New Orleans in 2008 through Teach For America. The competitive program provided five weeks’ training and helped place them in schools, and both young teachers were eager to learn to teach and help the city’s students. But they quickly found that they had more questions than answers about…Read more
JJPL in the News
LAFAYETTE — Nearly 300 Louisiana prison inmates have a stake in this year’s legislative session where lawmakers will rewrite sentencing statutes for juveniles who are 17 or younger when they commit murder. Current laws in Louisiana and some other states mandate that juveniles who are tried as adults for murder face the same penalty as…Read more
New Orleans officials this week released data that show almost 93 percent of the 7,748 children stopped for curfew violations in the city between 2009 and 2012 were African-American. The release came a few days after New Orleans police acknowledged they had misspoken in October when they told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that they did not track the demographics of curfew violators.Read more
Former Slidell resident Mark Burge wants immediate release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he has been held since January 1979 on his teenage conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a 48-year-old nurse.
Carol Anne Kolinchak, an attorney for the New Orleans-based Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, filed a petition for Burge’s release late Tuesday in Baton Rouge federal court. The case is assigned to Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson.Read more
LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The new six-week series, premiering Friday, March 29, illuminates the school-to-prison pipeline and hears from those making a difference
Last night on PBS, a new episode of TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS titled “Education Under Arrest” examined the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among American teens, as well as the efforts by educators, law enforcement professionals, judges, youth advocates, and the at-risk teens themselves to end what has become known as “the school-to-prison pipeline.” This weekend, the conversation continues in a new six-week series on the national syndicated radio program The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).Read more