Wilmington’s teen violence statistics draw strong reaction
A year-long investigative project by The News Journal about teen gun violence in Wilmington has provoked elected officials and community members to speak up. The three-day series, which ran in print and online over the weekend, revealed that children ages 12 to 17 are more likely to be shot in Wilmington than any other place in America. It also showed that elected officials have failed to fully implement the prescription provided to the city by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read more here
Congressional Justifications for Mental Healthcare: A Dangerous Stereotype?
Most Americans are aware of the stereotype that people with mental illness are more violent and dangerous than the general population. Everyone has seen or heard of a slasher film where the “slasher” is an escaped or released psychiatric patient on a murder spree. In the last decade, due to multiple high-profile mass shootings, discussions surrounding mental illness and violence have become especially prominent not only in entertainment media, but news media as well. According to a 2014 study, news media frequently blame mass shootings on what they perceive to be the mental illness of the shooter, further stigmatizing people with mental illness as violent and dangerous… Read more here
Let’s make the new youth detention center unnecessary
Opening a new, $30 million youth detention center in Baltimore is certainly no reason to celebrate. No question, the new facility is a big improvement in terms of the educational, psychological and other services that will be offered to alleged juvenile offenders while they wait for trial, and placing them in a dedicated building, away from adult offenders, was necessary to secure their safety and civil rights. But the youth advocates who wish we could have spent that money on programs to keep youth out of trouble rather than on a building to confine them are absolutely right. When a young person winds up behind bars waiting for trial in adult court, that’s a reflection of failure by adults, not the child.. Read more here