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Coming Together to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in MassachusettsA Half Day Summit of Community-Faith and Policy LeadersRecommendations from Small Group Strategy Sessions


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Group 1: End Child Poverty in Massachusetts


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Goals

Form a multi-sector coalition (for increased communication & goal awareness among all organizations) which would work to increase focus on poverty and recidivism prevention in the following areas:

A. CORI reform

B. Stakeholder (including funders) knowledge of poverty issues, effects, and treatment by outsiders

C. Response to mental health care issues

D. Access to equitable resources

E. Increase education efforts about available resources and programs to improve life circumstances for the poor


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Resources

Utilize local universities and students for:

A. Tutoring

B. Mentoring

C. Advocating for the students they work with

Develop programs with local law enforcement to educate offenders (especially juvenile) of the resources available

Increase grass roots efforts to work with government organizations, foundations, and non-profits to increase advocacy for the poor. (Keep the pressure to change on those who can make it happen)


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Action

Train students in health, education, criminal justice, etc. programs on cultural sensitivity to socioeconomic diversity

Advocate for simplifying and streamlining public assistance requirements and process

Mandate meeting health care needs when dismissed from prison, e.g. providing meds till they can be supplied by MassHealth

Inmate education programs:

A. health care available

B. financial incentives for employers hiring persons out of prison

C. bond insurance available to employers hiring persons out of prison

Recommendations for action


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Group 2: End Child Poverty in Massachusetts


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Goals

I: Economic / Job related

  • Creation of more jobs

  • Shorten the work week

  • Support small businesses in local communities

  • Forming economic cooperatives

  • Housing

    II: Education / Child and Human Development related

  • Early childhood intervention/parenting

  • Addressing/healing psychological trauma

    III: Legal System related

  • CORI Reform


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

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I. Economic / Job related 

  • Workers organizing/labor relations

  • Internships

  • CORI –friendly jobs

  • Using membership dues (via jobs held) and retirement funds to serve Massachusetts communities

    II. Education / Child and Human Development

  • Training – home ownership/understanding finances, media and technology

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Connections to elite institutions/universities

  • Partnerships with schools

  • III.

  • Housing to be secured

  • Legal Reform

  • Voters/citizens to contact legislators

  • Alternate interventions through programs addressing young drug users, etc…

  • Transportation safety (i.e. mbta travel)


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Resources

III. Legal System related

  • Housing to be secured

  • Legal Reform

  • Voters/citizens to contact legislators

  • Alternate interventions through programs addressing young drug users, etc…

  • Transportation safety (i.e. mbta travel)


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Actions

Follow up sessions –sharing info

Relationships

Commitment to a specific project

Create venues for more youth and parents involved in ongoing conversations


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Group 3: End Child Poverty in Massachusetts


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Goals

  • We focused on education of the child and family as the avenue to reduce childhood poverty.

    • Instill hope, dreams and a vision in families and children; fight learned helplessness. A special emphasis on men and fathers.

    • Change the mindset of teachers and those working with kids -- teachers and counselors need higher expectations for kids, need to build them up.

    • Increase quality communication within families and between the community


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Resources

People here

Best practices within organizations represented in this room


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End Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Actions

  • Bringing together a coalition of different people -- increased communication between agencies and people in the community.

    • Use and collect stories -- need to communicate these issues through compelling narratives

    • Build relationships and relationship-building skills - focus on one-to-one conversations, link people to each other

    • Linking people that are here



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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Goals

  • Create education services for families on how to access services: use cards, find a provider

    • must be geographically accessible, non-intimidating

    • linked with local entities

  • Increase role of community based health services & school based health centers


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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Resources

  • Role Models for Healthy Behavior

    • Students in schools of higher ed

    • Peers at school

    • Health and Mental Health Providers

      Example: Healthy Families


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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Actions

  • Reform anti-bullying legislation to be treatment-oriented and not focused on criminalizing children

  • Increase incentives to work with local community entities

  • Ensure culturally competent providers who are familiar with the community



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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Access Barriers

  • Cultural/linguistic barriers to family seeking help from mainstream health care resources

  • Parental knowledge/choice about interventions

    • Lack of trust and/or misinformation

    • Afraid to advocate/hidden risks (living situation, undocumented, domestic violence, etc.)

  • Economic barriers (lose work/job, no transportation, no co-pay $)

  • Program staff/teachers/primary care clinicians lack recognition skills for mental health needs


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Goals Child

Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child

  • Increase general level of symptom recognition and mental health awareness

  • Youth and family public policy reforms

  • Increase access to prevention activities


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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Resources

Mayor’s office (e.g. Boston)

Faith community

Youth serving agencies/schools/pre-schools

Mental health and primary care providers

Family members/advocates


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Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Child

Actions

  • Launch child mental health awareness campaigns for

    • Family members/caregivers

    • Health care providers

    • Teachers

    • Agency staff (i.e. juvenile justice)

  • Target judges and probation officers to divert youth to MH vs. JJ programs

  • Facilitate and monitor presence of links to PCP’s within JJ


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Actions Child

Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child

Ask “what is your need” within church congregation

Promote universally available prevention programs (i.e. community arts)

Meet with legislators to advocate for policy reforms (i.e. young adult CORI legislation, paid sick days for family members)

Meet with governor’s office to advocate for program expansion (i.e. mentoring)



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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Goals

Stop system from locking up our children

Home visiting

Outreach workers

Sense of identity

Bringing ideas and setting goals for parents

Stopping labels – wording of reports from negative to positive

Adequate, safe, licensed child care facilities

Schools taking responsibility

Change public policy

Urban public schools punitive

Harlem Baby Project Replication

Sense of pride in identity outside of neg. models

Home-visiting programs and outreach programs

Overwhelming bureaucracy

Schools and housing look like prisons


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Resources

We can all be educators

City Year

Programs for women in jail

Systems for Positive Behavioral Support

Aid to incarcerated mothers

Committee of friends, family, and relatives

The people

Book about visiting of young children

Positive behavioral support exists in some states in schools

Aid to incarcerated mothers – lost $ , re-establish driving to visits and mentoring


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

Banning zero tolerance policies

Supporting children while mothers are away

Rehabilitation for mothers and fathers who are in prison

Setting up a buffer for both parties (parents and children)

Keeping mothers in communities


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

Change way MC clinicians write - language is important

Ban zero tolerance policies in schools/reserve for violence

Bring programs to moms in prison and keep connection between parent and child

Re-establish aid to incarcerated mothers

Recreate summit at City Year; Follow-up with core members that work with kids



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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Goals

  • Develop systems of collaboration

    • Find connecting points, broad constituency movement (include trade groups and business)

    • Identify what’s going on that’s right.

  • Divert 1% of budget to preventive programs

  • Start a public campaign

    • Focus groups

    • Find something that resonates with people who are disconnected from violence as an everyday reality

    • Use facebook as an advocacy tool

  • Come up with a solution-oriented message – find the right language

    • Re-frame the issue: Make it positive

    • What children and youth deserve – a society that trusts and respects them.


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Resources

Study: re: cost to society of a young person incarcerated ($135K - $500K/lifetime cost for every young person who isn’t diverted); David will send out.

Welfare system isn’t working: www.carecaucus.org

See notes for highlights of conversation.


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

What could you do differently now in your realm of control and authority?

  • Leland: Nursery school across the street from his shop. Plans to go introduce himself to the children and shop them around his shop.

  • David: Best crime prevention program there is = People who think that people should be locked up realizing that the system isn’t working.


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

Jody: Latina family childcare providers – Get them to promote change for children.

Carol: Think in terms of current-day reality. Relationship disconnect is an issue. Use facebook/websites as a tool.



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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Goals

Early and correct identification of mental/emotional health problems

Ensuring integration of families and prenatal health care

Universal home visiting for all individuals (teen moms, etc.)

Un-collapse mental disabilities, teenage delinquency

Treat as individuals

Make clear to parents the importance of attachment theory, deal with maternal depression

Enhance professional development of childcare providers


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Resources

SAMSA, Community health centers in Boston

Childcare agencies

Special ed providers

Colleges and universities

Families

Arts Institute of Boston (Horizons for Homeless Children)

Schools of social work and education

Mass New Parents Initiative

Centering (prenatal and post-partum)

Healthy Baby and Healthy Child

Pyramid Model

CSEFEL

Reach Out and Read


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

  • Give support to health centers, children and families in diagnosing and giving correct support, explaining and integrating families

  • Pregnancy health programs, to ensure healthy born children

  • Parenting classes for middle/high school kids

  • Less theoretical educations, better and more up-to-date curricula at schools of social work and education


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Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All

Actions

  • Demystifying early intervention resources and programs

  • Increasing # of early intervention providers

  • Family literacy

  • Checklist for parents for picking out a daycare provider and dealing with positive and negative aspects of daycare


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Group 9: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

Publicize the issue

Provide access to resources (reading materials)

Provide support for and empower caregivers

Provide support for students outside of home

Community mobilization

Expanded learning time

Change Code of Discipline


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Resources

Boston Parent Organizing Network

Right Question Project

Boston Foundation


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Actions

Make information about adolescent cognitive and identity development readily available

Write letter to President Obama


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Group 10: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

  • Expand teacher recruitment and emphasize teacher retention

    • teacher compensation

    • incentive programs for non-traditional teachers and professionals

    • professional development

    • peer mentoring

    • induction

    • coaching


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

  • Enhance the curriculum for teacher and support staff preparation

    • community building/community organizing skills

    • developmentally and culturally responsive

    • student interest-based

    • practical

    • research on high expectations

  • Reinforce Elementary Education programs with ELA content knowledge and practices


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Resources

literature/resources

education organizations/non-profit networks

research skills

moral language

time

knowledge of inclusive education and cultural responsiveness

data collection/analysis organizations

University Lab Schools

experience working with young children and with school districts


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Resources

own organization that prepares publications

policy experience

credibility

legal services/legal training

enthusiasm to teach


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Actions

conducting research

transfer research into tools and resources for practitioners

use of publication to agitate community action for advocacy in education

professional development for teachers

entering the teaching force

advocate in community

trained in peer mediation

youth mentoring/volunteering

musical skills


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Group 11: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

  • Every child reading at grade level by 4th grade and graduate with a high quality education through high school.

  • Structured after-school time and positive, male role-models for youth.


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Resources

Early childhood education – put students in education and connected to social workers.

Parent – child home program (Home visits to projects, teach parenting skills, access community resources)

Welfare services

BU college degree for incarcerated

Alternative to violence programs in prisons

Community centers

Hyde Park Task Force

Arts for Humanities

Faith based organizations


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Actions

Hire community members

Hire prior reformed inmates to be role models and mentors


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Group 12: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

  • Change statutes

    • Judiciary and prosecution -schools lack resources

    • Change sentencing guidelines

  • Intervening earlier than involvement with court system

    • Change zero tolerance policies

    • Ensure rights being protected

    • Change mindset


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Goals

  • Re-allocation of money

    • Diversion of $ - involve the commissioner

    • More $ towards services

    • No representation @ school hearings is a problem; increase access to representation

    • Social and emotional learning – start earlier; improve school climate to develop student’s sense of belonging


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Resources

  • Framingham model

    • DMH funded – mental health intervention for youth

  • Youth Advocacy Project

    • 2 full time representatives

  • National Juvenile Defenders Center

    • Due process; rights protected

  • Representation

    • for diversion early on; diversion before arrest @ school level

  • DYS – Roxbury

    • Restructured programs, bring girls to programs, legal representation

  • Mental health services (DMH)


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Actions

  • Take $$ from the police force

  • Pilot a program

    • In 1 district to start

    • Combination – change zero tolerance and harsh policies, increase access to representation, early diversion

    • School districts – find key decision points where students are being lost and find/use alternatives

    • Ask Department of Corrections or Youth Services to help fund pilot project??? (may be difficult due to budget situation)


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High Quality Education Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

Actions

  • Need a cultural change

    • Also look at other countries for models

    • Need to increase political will to make changes

  • Ed Law Project?

  • Need to make issues more public

  • Increase public awareness

  • Build capacity of defense bar

  • Divert students early so they don’t need attorneys

  • Help schools be more aware of services available (i.e. in community)

  • Use child behavioral interventions 


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Group 13: Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect and Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families


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Protect children from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families

Goals

  • Every student in Mass schools receives regular EPSDT screening to detect signs of abuse or neglect as early as possible

  • Early identification of children in families at risk for abuse and neglect

  • Breaking silos, creating multi-disciplinary teams to address the whole child and promote early detection

  • Full time school nurses in every school


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Protect children from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families

Resources

Nurses and adjustment counselors in school

Practical moves to improve access to supports in schools, healthcare etc. e.g. providing transport, mobile health services counseling


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Group 14: Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect and Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families


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Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families

Goals

Collaborative agency or network to connect different services (public/private)

Provide training about abuse to faith-based or community-based organizations

Encourage more families to become foster families and provide loving homes to children

Increase public awareness about foster care so that positive experiences are shared in the media


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Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families

Resources

  • Faith-based or community organizations

  • Capitalize on framework of schools and teachers

    • Children who come from abusive homes can find alternative families and support in schools

  • Voices of children who have experienced abuse/neglect and/or foster care


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Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families

Actions

Lengthen school day and school year so that schools and teachers can focus on whole child, not just testing

Increase awareness about abuse and about foster care to churches, community organizations, schools, and the general public

Investigate services that could be linked to the ones you already provide – increase communication

Individual advocacy (i.e. letters to public officials) – become individual mentors (i.e. Big Brothers/Big Sisters)



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Stop the Criminalization of Children

Create diversion programs

Decriminalize minor “criminal” behavior

Pass no permanent expulsion legislation.

Get rid of police in the schools

CHINS and bail reform

Improve links between community programs, schools, parents.

Restore/build enrichment programs


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Resources Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Get DCS involved

Community Programs

All the $$ spent locking kids up in DYS could be better used for services and diversion programs


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Actions Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Early intervention- bolster services, community resources, after-school activities (art, sports, etc)

Educate parents, teachers, constituents of consequences of CHINS

Educate parents and teachers about programs and resources



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Goals Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Specific Goal: Have Chuck Turner and the UMass Chancellor attend the next ““Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” planning committee meeting


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Resources Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Universities

Churches / synagogues / spiritual institutions

Youth experts

Mentors

Kimberly Snodgrass – REACH

Craigslist

Local businesses (leftover goods)


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Resources Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Incarcerated students (proposals to help strengthen family bonds)

Harlem Children Zone as a resource

Unemployed Grandparents & Teenagers

Chuck Turner’s CORI reform work

Incarcerated / CORI parents

X-Cel Inc, Adult Ed


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Actions Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Specific Action: Invite Chuck Turner and the Chancellor of UMass to the next “Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” planning committee meeting



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Goals Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Kids need advocates in the system to give them a voice

Build a campaign and constituency to advocate for kids in the system

Seek input and involvement from kids in system to ensure their voices are heard

Teach advocacy skills to children to learn to articulate their needs and circumstances


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Stop the Criminalization of Children

Advocacy groups established at each school to teach parents and kids to deal with the system

Hire parents that will focus on kids to fill this role – with ongoing training and oversight

FMLA – type leave to go to their children’s school without penalty


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Resources Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Training programs

Tap parents and churches and com. organizations

Prevention focus to show kids they have options and opportunities

Positive male role models

Legal resources to show ineffectiveness of current policy

Parents!


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Actions Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Put advocates in schools that are not employed by the school and known to the family before issues arise

Change policy to protect children in schools

-No record for kids that are not found to have committed a crime

Reduce arrests in schools for disciplinary misconduct

Prohibit arrests for non-criminal offenses AND no record that follows the child

Constitutional challenge to crim. Code to show it’s vague and broad to arrest kids for disturbing assembly at school

Separate school statute to define


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Actions Increasingly Younger Ages

Stop the Criminalization of Children

Prohibit arrests for non-criminal offenses AND no record that follows the child

Constitutional challenge to criminal code to show it is vague and broad to arrest kids for disturbing assembly at school

Separate school statute to define responses to disciplinary issues



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Effective Interventions for Youth Deep Into the Pipeline Pipeline

Goals

  • Create a new shared vision for people

  • Work with DYS to change punitive policy: incarceration for technical violations

  • Work with schools: change zero-tolerance policy; create dialogue between parents and children to create more understanding; increase accessible education opportunities;

  • Employment readiness and jobs for kids in the pipeline: has to happen before kids come up

  • Re-entry: deliver essential services that a child needs during incarceration: shelter, training, jobs, mentorship that hold them accountable

  • Strengthen networks to create stronger safety nets

  • Increase support for organizations that help with re-entry services

  • Fragmented Process: lots of gaps within the system where children fall into

  • Bring Legislatures to the table


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Effective Interventions for Youth Deep Into the Pipeline Pipeline

Resources

High Convention (network of funders/providers)

Churches/Houses of Worship: tremendous resources that are under the radar; some don’t take outside funding

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Worker’s Unions/Economic Developers (Neighbor to Neighbor/SCIU/Apple Seed/ACLU Massachusetts)


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Effective Interventions for Youth Deep Into the Pipeline Pipeline

Actions

Education and campaign about this new vision?

Work with Department of Youth Services to change punitive policies


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Follow up – PipelineRepresentatives identified by small groups to review action plans, propose next steps


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Follow Up Pipeline

Betty Allen, Consultant/Clinician

Mia Alvarado; Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.

Doreen Arcus (UMass-Lowell)

Rosie Batista, MGH Chelsea

Cheryl D. Bezis, Attorney

Andrea Campbell, The EdLaw Project

Maryann C. Calia, Youth Advocacy Department, CPCS

Georgia Critsley, Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board

Lynn Currier, Haitkaah Social Justice Project

Maureen Devlin, Community Resources for Justice


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Follow Up Pipeline

Stan Dominique, City School

Judith Glaubman

Devondar Goods, Harvard Kennedy School Roy Karp, Civic Education Project

Alex Kern, Executive Director, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

G. Mia Khera, Heller School/Brandeis University

Rhiana Kohl, DOC

Christina Kozycki, Harvard School of Public Health

Bill Leahy, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Barbara Lomax, CPCS


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Follow Up Pipeline

  • Bishop M.R. Lunsford, Antioch Church

  • Elizabeth Matos, Legal ServicesMary McGeown, MSPCC

  • Heavenly Mitchell, Boston Public Health Commission

  • Dr. Terri Nelson, Academy of Kemetic Education

  • Yasmin Perayra, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Sondra Peskoe; Cambridge School Volunteers

  • Morrigan Phillips, Prison Birth Project

  • Rebecca Pries, Adolescent Consultation Services

  • Janine Quarles, Union of Minority Neighorhoods

  • Katie Strunk, Boston University


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Follow Up Pipeline

Kathryn Ratey, Youth Advocacy Department

Kathy Reboul, CFJJ

Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc

Louise Richmond, Child Welfare League of America

Laura Rotolo, ACLU of Massachusetts

Franklin Shearer, The Boston Foundation

Joe Worthy, City Year