An excerpt from Growing Fairness, a documentary by Teachers Unite on Restorative Justice
#RacialDisparities in School Discipline
On an average our state spends more money ($88,000) imprisoning and criminalizing our youth and 50% less for their education. We are now living in a world where education is no longer the greatest achievement instead it’s a new booking process designed to push out students from schools to prison. My name is Joevonte Kelly I am a DSC, B.O.P. youth leader in Oakland CA and I have a high tolerance to push for policies that provide young people with high quality education.
— - Joevonte Kelly, Black Organizing Project (B.O.P.)
We want #SolutionsNotSuspensions & #RestorativeJustice. Tell Congress to take action against #SchoolPushout http://thndr.it/17I4Y6Q
Push Back Against School Pushout - DSC 2013 Week of Action
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.
But the appeals court did also state that the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law as a way to defend her actions.
Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her.
Her case in Jacksonville has drawn attention and criticism aimed at mandatory-minimum sentencing laws.