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1.

Exploring Alternatives to Prison and Probation

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When judges pass sentence on convicted criminals, they generally have only two available options: put the offender into prison or put him back on the street with a term of probation. And while, in some cases, these options are sufficient, problems like prison overcrowding, "revolving door" justice, and the high incidence of repeat offenses have caused many people to feel that prison and probation just aren t sufficient tools to do the job. The question is: what would be? This film attempts to answer that question by looking at a range of innovative solutions being tried around the country. We visit five alternative sentencing programs including one in which offenders must perform community service, one which has criminals paying restitution to their victims, and a house arrest progra [...]
Online
1992
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Anna M. Kross

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"Participants: Judge Anna M. Kross, commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections, interviewed by Larry Lesueur and August Heckscher. Topics: Delinquency and mental health."--Longines Chronoscope Interviews, April 23, 1954 (200LW620).
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1954
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What Poor Child Is This? [electronic resource]: Poverty and America's Children

If poverty is a serpent, child poverty is its venom. And with an estimated 12 million American children suffering from economic hardship, even the wealthiest society on Earth cannot escape the poisonous effects of poverty. This program examines child poverty in the U.S.: its causes, its agents, and its human impact. Citing facts and findings that contradict the American ethos of upward mobility, the film lays bare the sad reality of what financial deprivation is doing to the nation's young people: eroding family bonds, decreasing literacy, increasing health and addiction risks, raising the specter of mental illness, and putting children disturbingly close to criminal influences. Lack of school readiness (preparation for kindergarten) and poor academic achievement are also examined as [...]
Online
2011
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Healing Neen [electronic resource]

After surviving a childhood of abuse and neglect, Tonier "Neen" Cain lived on the streets for two nightmarish decades, where she endured unrelenting violence, hunger, and despair while racking up 66 criminal convictions related to her addiction. Incarcerated and pregnant in 2004, a community mental health program offered her a way out... and up. Neen's inspiring story, told in this program, illustrates the consequences of childhood household trauma for individuals and society at large - mental health problems, addiction, homelessness, incarceration - and the efficacy of trauma-informed care as a treatment plan. The video features footage of Neen in her current capacity as a nationally known motivational speaker and educator on the devastation of trauma and the hope of recovery.
Online
2010
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The Child Welfare System [electronic resource]: In the Child's Best Interest

Winner of the national Edward R. Murrow Award and several Emmy Awards, this documentary contains extraordinary footage of actual juvenile court proceedings involving sexual abuse - including interviews with the kids and families affected, as well as with the juvenile judges and service professionals charged with helping at-risk kids and families.
Online
2000
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Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the first of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.
Online
2009
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Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the second of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.
Online
2009
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Juvenile Process Overview [electronic resource]: Through the System

Caught breaking into cars at a local train station, two teenaged brothers are sent to Lake County Juvenile Complex in Crown Point, Indiana. Both believe they'll be out within a couple of days. But since they are previous offenders with multiple violations, they now face the very real possibility of long-term detention, with their ultimate fate hinging on a series of hearings and evaluations that neither expected to go through. Following the brothers from the night of their intake to their eventual placement in separate residential facilities, this video illustrates with unflinching clarity and detail the procedural challenges that many juvenile defendants face when they are incarcerated. The legal, sociological, and psychological aspects of the case are further examined through one-o [...]
Online
2011
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Children in Crisis [electronic resource]: The Chelsea Felton Story

Since she was a toddler, Chelsea Felton displayed severe behavioral problems that left her mother, Linda, unable to care for her. Dramatic mood swings, violent outbursts, and false calls to emergency 911 operators claiming her mother is dead all led Linda to finally give her child away to the custody of the state. This program covers Chelsea's story from its beginning when her mother makes the wrenching decision to turn her daughter over to the state for care and rehabilitation, her placement at a residential treatment facility, and the follow-up seven years later. Included are interviews with Chelsea and her mother, the family's social worker, placement facility staff, and others.
Online
2003
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Addressing Sexual Misconduct in the Juvenile Corrections Environment [electronic resource]

This program combines exclusive on-the-job footage of corrections staff as they address the challenges of sexual victimization on a day-to-day basis. The addition of unprecedented interviews with incarcerated youth and candid conversations with subject-matter experts makes this video a truly unique training tool. Contains explicit language.
Online
2010
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He Wouldn't Turn Me Loose [electronic resource]: The Sexual Assault Case of 96-Year-Old Miss Mary

Get a cop out here, I'm hurt," pleads an elderly voice to the 911 dispatcher. "There's a maniac in the house." Although the distress call is muffled and chaotic, the facts of the case soon become horrifically clear: 96-year-old Miss Mary has suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of her grandson, Billy. As Mary later shares on camera and in the presence of victim advocates, Billy's attack was the culmination of years of systematic abuse, including theft, neglect, and forced servitude, all perpetrated by Billy and his wife. Additional interviews with Mary's advocacy team, and with the prosecutor who brought charges against Billy, shed light on the need for support and investigative services to address America's rarely discussed problem of elder abuse.
Online
2012
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In Your Hands [electronic resource]: Life After Prison

For ex-convicts, the road back into society is paved with good intentions. But a freed prisoner's plans for the future can quickly go awry, and the local support system, if one exists, may be just as ineffectual. Do public services provide what a former inmate needs? Is the "system" a safety net or a trap, every bit as confining as prison? This film documents two case studies in which the end of incarceration means not only a fresh start but also a new phase of hardship, hard luck, and hard-won dignity. Jailed since her mid-20s and emerging with nothing but the clothes on her back, Kim is soon spending her nights on a park bench. Will she fare better or worse than Xavier, who has served 13 years for murder? Where does a young man with that kind of record find a decent job? By the end [...]
Online
2011
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bryan Stevenson - We Need to Talk About an Injustice

In an engaging and personal TEDtalk - with cameo appearances by his grandmother and Rosa Parks - human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight, and persuasiveness. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
Online
2012
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Carlton and Paradize [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode are the stories of Carlton who, after three consecutive charges, is bound for juvenile prison; and Paradize, a teenage girl who finds some solace in the safety of detention.
Online
2009
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Principals of de-Escalation [electronic resource]: Shauntee

Observe prison staff as they work to de-escalate a situation that involves a youth who has lost control. Demonstrated are practices that involve low-contact or no-contact mediation, counseling, personal connection, and empathy. This program is geared toward discussions that foster de-escalation techniques that can be used instead of physical force.
Online
2008
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Rodrick [electronic resource]

Renouncing his gang, removing his gang tattoos, and seemingly turning his life around, Rodrick Brown has the support of his family, friends, probation officer, and counselor as he starts life anew. When a routine night out with friends turns into a visit by police, Rodrick finds himself back inside the Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, where his years of hard work might all go down the drain. This program focuses on Rodrick's two court hearings, as various courtroom players weigh in to determine what's best for this young man struggling to keep his feet on level ground.
Online
2009
17.

Morris [electronic resource]

Morris lands in juvie on a bench warrant for failing to appear at a previous court hearing. According to Morris, he suspected he was about to get shipped to a placement facility in Arizona so he took off from home. During his time in Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, Morris opens up about his issues and seems willing to get his life straightened out. But will this ultimately convince the judge not to send him away?
Online
2009
18.

Kenneth [electronic resource]

Kenneth winds up in juvenile detention on charges of vandalism, theft, trespass, and criminal mischief after a concerned citizen snaps photos of him, his brother, and another kid breaking into cars at the local train station. Without a stable home life to send the boys back to, the judge has no easy answers for this case. Will she allow them to go home, or will their long juvenile rap sheet seal their fate?
Online
2009
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Kymyada [electronic resource]

Kymyada, a teen mother, is arrested on runaway charges after her mother and godmother can't locate her. Kymyada says the situation is nothing more than a misunderstanding after a night of going out with friends, but her mom thinks Kymyada needs more structure. How will the judge handle this case of mother-daughter turmoil, especially when whatever she decides will also have to be in the best interest of Kymyada's infant child.
Online
2009
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Family Placement and Follow-Up Hearing [electronic resource]

As the Pitcock case progresses, the court places the boys with their paternal great-grandparents. This program examines some of the issues faced by social service providers regarding child placement, leading up to the Pitcocks' return to court for assessment of their progress by court-prescribed services.
Online
2000