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November 1, 2017 | Patrick Michels
More than 53,000 people in Texas, and more than 1.5 million nationwide, live today under a court-ordered guardianship, with their basic rights—like deciding where they live, how they spend their money, and who they see—entrusted to someone else. It’s a tremendous power wielded by judges who must qui…
October 26, 2017 | Phillip Martin
According to a compilation of data collected by the Scripps-Howard News service, from 1980 to 2008 close to 185,000 homicide cases in the United States went unsolved, and the data showed major disparities between the resolution of cases involving black and white victims. From 1990 until the near pre…
October 18, 2017 | Jordan Melograna
Advocates for curbing mass incarceration have succeeded in transforming the issue from a niche topic into a mainstream political movement. The movement has called out racial disparities in the system, the long-term effects on entire neighborhoods over generations, and the profiteering by private com…
October 11, 2017 | Jenny Phillips
More than any other medium, documentary film has the capacity to open hearts and change minds. We came to realize this through our previous film, The Dhamma Brothers, the story of a group of prisoners inside a maximum-security prison in Alabama who embark on a deep spiritual journey. These heartfelt…
October 4, 2017 | NCCD
Media for a Just Society Awards
First, the good news: With the ever-expanding presence of online media, we have more news sources than ever with which to inform ourselves. The bad news: With the ever-expanding presence of online media, we have more news sources than ever with which to inform ourselves. Yes—more voices generally sh…
October 4, 2017 | Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor/Publisher, City Limits
Bronx DA Office
Three years ago, City Limits started an internship program for high school and college students (or young people of college age) from the Bronx. The program, launched with the help of the Simon Bolivar Foundation and supported now by the Pinkerton Foundation, had three goals: provide paid work exper…
September 27, 2017 | Phil Decter, Interim Director of Child Welfare
Phil Decter
Nearly everywhere staff from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) go to work on child welfare system improvement, they hear the same question: “Who is doing child welfare work really well?” Workers and supervisors who want to know what good child welfare practice looks like ask this question. R…
September 13, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
When is it okay for the system to stop working with a family? How do we, as part of this system, decide that we have done all we can to make sure the family is functioning in a way that ensures child safety? This is one of the decision points in the life of a case that can be scary for workers. When…
September 6, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist
When I think about the reunification process and the ramifications of the decision to return a child to his or her home, I recall a case I had that involved a young girl who was sexually abused by her older brother. The girl, who lived with her mother and brother, disclosed that her brother sexually…
August 30, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
I think we struggle—as a system—with creating effective case plans with families. To be effective, case plans should incorporate action-oriented steps to help families make the changes necessary to ensure their children are safe. When I was a worker, every family’s case plan looked similar. Usually…