Healing Words: Creative Writing Programs as Therapy for Kids in Detention, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Pilkington, 39, has taught for 11 years. For the last six, she’s been an English instructor at Coosa Valley Youth Services (CVYS), a facility for juvenile offenders in this northeast Alabama city tucked in the foothills of the Appalachians. After years of distress from discarding her students’ writing after they left the facility, Pilkington decided to give her students — both former and current — the ability to share their writing with the world at large through a blog called “Writers on the Inside.”
“Kids in Cages,” Grits for Breakfast
UT-Austin’s alumni magazine, The Alcalde, has a pair of stories related to juvenile justice that merit Grits readers’ attention. The first is about LBJ School instructor Michelle Deitch titled “Kids in Cages.” Michele’s been working in recent years on the issue of juveniles certified for trial as adults, and your correspondent in the past was privileged not just to speak to her class but once even hosted one of her students as an intern. The second piece, titled, “In prison, youth are prey,” was authored by Jorge Antonio Renaud, a former inmate turned reform activist and UT alum who Grits attended school with back in the day.
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