Smart on Youth Justice Blog

Integration of Healing Circles in Washington State’s Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers – A Strategic Plan Proposal

The first time I participated in a Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Youth Subcommittee meeting, some of the youth at Green Hill mentioned how they receive punishment rather than solutions for common mistakes that people sometimes make. The youth at GH do not have a way to process why they acted the way they did to receive the punishment or what they could have done...

Juvenile Miranda Rights Revision 2017 by Habeebullah Na’eem Rasheed-Pipkin

Juveniles often lack the experience and judgement necessary to recognize and avoid choices that could be detrimental to them or land them in prison. Studies show that juveniles also lack the understanding to fully comprehend what is being said to them when they are read their Miranda Rights by an adult law enforcement officer. This may lead to self-incrimination or be very confusing to an...

The School To Prison Pipeline By Desire Lyons

My name is Desire Lyons, and this is what the school to prison pipeline means to me. First off, let me start by saying that I am totally against police officers being placed in a school environment. Studies show that having regular police officers in educational environments increases the likelihood that these juvenile students will be arrested or prosecuted for misbehavior, or “disturbing...

The Gullah People by Mathew Foster

 The Gullah and Geechee people are Black Africans that are descendants of West Africa who dealt with the harsh times of slavery. They were brought to America in the 1700s from slave ships. The Gullah & Geechee people are now in South Carolina & Georgia, where they live close to the sea and there is a lot of fishing and farming on the islands of the Atlantic coastal plain. Today, a lot...

Freedom of Equality by Mathew Foster

My name is Matthew Rashaud Foster. I am currently a member of Community Passageway, which is a nonprofit organization that implements change to make the world a better place. Community Passageways helps create employment opportunities for youth who seek to grow from their mistakes. I was introduced to the organization by the head director, Dominique, who I have known for a very long time. We...

Minimal Age Maximum Time: The Juvenile Justice System and Auto Decline by Habeebullah Na’eem Rasheed-Pipkin

My name is Habeebullah Na’eem Rasheed-Pipkin, I grew up in south Seattle Washington and this is what the Juvenile Justice System means to me. When I was 17, turning 18, my best friend happened to be a kid named Ryan Eastwing*. Ryan and I grew up together. I’ve known him since I was 13. We helped each other through important times and very tough times, in both of our lives. I first met Ryan in...