Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Directly Impacted Youth Are Leading Fights Against Racism and the Criminal Punishment System

There's a growing movement to change the criminal punishment system in this country, and it's being led by men and women who've lived it. As the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls puts it: "Nothing about us without us." There is also a growing movement throughout the country aiming to elevate the voices of another group that is often marginalized. And this group, while impacted by crime, has often been left out of the discussion. Young people are speaking out about the impacts on their lives of racism, crime, mass incarceration and criminal legal policies, and in addition to voicing their issues, they are demanding change.

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