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LBJ declared a "war on poverty". That war hasn't been going so well with more and more Americans living in poverty especially children. Yet "education reformers" insist that poverty has nothing to do with academic performance. Ask a poor kid if that's true or a teacher in an inner city school.

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Locking up young offenders in solitary confinement for months, in some cases a year at a time raises issues about what works in crime prevention and why we do it.

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If you care about how criminals are treated then you don't care about the victims of their crimes, that's what the guy was implying. I heard him and started to wonder, "Can you treat criminals justly and yet want justice for victims? Maybe he's right and I don't really care about victims."

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A class of criminal justice majors, looking to become correctional officers or police officers, ask the hard questions about our criminal justice system and about our jails in the face of recidivism and prison conditions.

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Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:54 AM PDT

Confessions of a "Failing"Teacher

by David Chura

Many states are demanding that teacher evaluations be linked with student performance. In New York state there is legislation pending that would publicize teachers' scores, a practice which opponents have dubbed the "name/shame/blame game." What about teachers who work in "failing" schools, who stick by the hard to handle students, who teach in poor inner city schools? Who are the real failures in American education?

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Some states and counties are imposing fees of various kinds on inmates and their families in order to make up for overall budget shortfalls. One result is cutting offenders off from their only positive connection to a community. This has particularly bad affects on minors in jail and hampers keeping them out of prison.

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The population of girls and young women in the prison system has grown by over 800% in the last three decades. (The population of males has grown by over 400%.) These females live at the bottom of the prison ladder, subject to abuse and discrimination. A look at their world and the efforts some people are making to put an end to this cycle.

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Although there are some positive shifts, at least among professionals, regarding locking up juveniles, questioning how effective this form of justice is, still kids continue to be locked up and mistreated in prisons across the country. Here's a first hand view of what happens to them.

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Every reader really has the same question when approaching a book, "What's it got to do with me?" As any teacher knows and wants her or his students to know is that books liberate us from our all too small worlds. Here is a story of a radical change in viewpoint from reading.

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If you work in the world of criminal justice as I did for ten years teaching in a county penitentiary the world can seem small and hostile and disinterested in making a difference in inmates' lives. This summer I got a different glimpse of the world.

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"Commencement" means something completely different when you're a juvenile who has been locked up and about to be released into "the world." Lack of support and services can mean only one thing for most of those kids: back to jail. But not always...

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It's not easy for a writer to put the pen down, push away from the keyboard and hit the road to promote his or her book. There are all kinds of publishing industry reasons for doing it, but here's one that has to do with authors' insatiable appetite for stories.

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