National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, Changing the Youth Narrative from Behind the Walls
A blog by Byron Kline, project manager for the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative
Date Published: 5/14/2015
“No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.” – Nelson Mandela
Nowadays, the narratives about crime and youth and young adults are as disconcertingly familiar as the narrators’ positions are predictable. Progressives get accused of excusing bad behavior (i.e., riots and looting), while conservatives are faulted for downplaying alleged police misconduct (i.e., the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, and more recently, 25 year old Freddie Gray’s fatal injuries sustained while in the custody of Baltimore Police).
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