During my time working in adult corrections, I encountered a situation that really and truly bothered me. We received a particularly jovial 18 year old male into booking one night. We put him in the general population, and he, almost immediately, got into a fight with another inmate.
Are you familiar with the term “crossover” youth? It is a fairly new term that is being used in social service agencies across the United States, and refers to young people who have transitioned between child welfare agencies and juvenile justice agencies.
“Ferguson is just one recent example of the need for change,” wrote Dr. Preston Elrod, division chair of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Justice Studies at EKU. His comments on crime and justice were recently published by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Dr. Peter Kraska has been invited to share his extensive and long-running research conducted at Eastern Kentucky University on the militarization of civilian police in the United States at a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.