Juvenile Justice Research Data & Publications
"Imagine a bullet fired from a semiautomatic pistol, moving through the night darkness faster than the speed of sound—more than 1,200 feet per second or four football fields end to end. Now imagine that bullet slamming into the body of a child like a brick through a picture window...."
The Children's Defense Fund's 2008 report on the affect gun violence has on our society and our children.
"In recent years, the Children's Defense Fund has received horrifying reports of the physical and sexual abuse of children and teens in juvenile correctional facilities. There are accounts of children being forced to eat their own vomit, of children being left naked for weeks in small isolation cells with nothing but a hole in the floor for a toilet...."
CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's testimony on Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2008
Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign Discussion Guide, Case Studies from the Pipeline with discussion questions
"At younger and younger ages, children and teens who go through the juvenile justice systems of many states are condemned to long terms at large youth detention centers and adult prisons only to languish in cells surrounded by thick walls and razor wire...."
Key immediate action steps for individuals, families, communities, organizations and government agencies to protect and reroute children from the pipeline.
"This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn a lower court decision striking down the District of Columbia's 1976 handgun ban designed to reduce violent crime. If the Court reverses the lower court and upholds the ban...."
A transcript of CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's remarks at Duke University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in January 2008
CDF Letter to Support Youth PROMISE Act, Letter a Day Campaign to all Representatives