resources assembled by: Jessica Rathbun, MSW
- Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice
- Adam Foss: A Prosecutor’s vision for a better justice system
- Michele Deitch: Why are we trying kids as adults?
- Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood with imagination, beauty and art
- Jeffrey Brown: How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79%
- Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
- San Diego Juvenile Delinquency Court Overview Video
- San Diego Juvenile Hall 2011 Tour
- Ear Hustle: Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.
- The Uncertain Hour: In The Uncertain Hour, host Krissy Clark dives into one controversial topic each season to reveal the surprising origin stories of our economy. From the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk, each season goes beyond buzzwords to bust longstanding myths and uncover surprising backstories. Because the things we fight the most about are the things we know the least about.
- The Moth: Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live. Listen to the latest episode of The Moth Radio Hour, Moth Podcast, or dip into our library of stories going back to 1997.
- This American Life: This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. You can filter their archives based on topics of interest.
- The Social Work Podcast: Provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education… and everything in between.
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein
- A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
- A Same Kind of Different as Me by Denver Moore
- Cooked: My Journey from the streets to the stove by Jeff Henderson
- Boy Raised as a Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry
- Mindsight by Dr. Dan Siegel
- Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel
- The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- 13th: 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery. DuVernay’s documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.
- They Call Us Monsters: goes behind the walls of the Compound, a high-security facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters. The film follows three young offenders who sign up to take a screenwriting class with producer Gabe Cowan as they await their respective trials. Arrested at 16, Jarad faces 200 years-to-life for four attempted murders; Juan, also arrested at 16, faces 90-to-life for first-degree murder; Antonio was arrested at 14 and faces 90-to-life for two attempted murders. As the boys work with Gabe on their screenplay, their complex stories are revealed.
- Kids for Cash: The “kids for cash” scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
- Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011): Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is a series of conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime, which serve as an examination of why people – and the state – kill. A fascinating study of America’s prisons and the death penalty.
- The House I Live In (Eugene Jarecki, 2012): A penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system – from dealer to police from prisoner to judge – revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
- The Interrupters (Steve James, 2011): A year in the life of inner-city Chicago, a major American city grappling greatly with urban violence. The film tells the moving and surprising stories of three “Violence Interrupters” who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
- Crime After Crime: In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed.
Training, Best Practices, and Other Resource Sites
- Coalition for Juvenile Justice
- ACEs Connection
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation