Entries by John Winslow

History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System

As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges. The study, “The Sexual […]

Huffington Post reporter says MI, US prisons need more transparency

Current State talks with Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson about her recent article about juvenile offenders in Michigan’s prison system and the challenges facing reporters covering the prison system. In 2013, the Michigan Department of Corrections was sued by seven inmates who first entered the adult prison system before their 18th birthday. They say the […]

He Killed Her Daughter. She Forgave Him.

Final conversations between murder victims and the family members they leave behind have a way of becoming the subject of lifelong regret. Words not spoken or last moments wasted on the trivial can harden into a lasting memory of love left unexpressed. John and Linda White were spared that burden. The middle of their three […]

Too many children serving life sentences in Pa.

When I volunteered at Abraxas Youth Center in Franklin County years ago, I heard heart-wrenching stories from the young people there. Some talked about how their parents used them as drug mules, forcing them to transport contraband with the expectation that, as children, they would face lighter penalties if caught. Many children felt torn because […]

I’m Proof Kids Don’t Need Extreme Sentences to Pay Debt

I work with children who have parents in prison and with parents who are serving time. Much of my work focuses on effective parenting and child abuse prevention. When we reduce the occurrences of child abuse, we also help prevent violence by these same children later in life. I do this through my job with […]

What It's Like To Spend Father's Day In Prison

Father’s Day produces a complicated mix of emotions for the thousands of fathers in the U.S. who are imprisoned. “Father’s Day is a uniquely difficult time of the year for me,” dad and prisoner Bruce W. Harrison wrote in a note sent to The Huffington Post via nonprofit organizationFamilies Against Mandatory Minimums. “It reminds me […]

56 youthful offenders may get hearings after court ruling

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ highest court ruled Thursday that an inmate serving life without parole for a killing he was convicted of as a juvenile deserves a new sentencing hearing, a move that opens the door for new sentences for 55 other former youthful offenders. The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a Lee County judge’s order granting […]