Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NY - The Box: Teens in Solitary Confinement in U.S. Jails, Prisons and Juvenile Halls

Video Description:
Read the stories at Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Mos Def.

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Matt said...

Ah, Canada. It tries to be like the USA more and more everyday. Might as well just become the 51st State and get it over with.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, pretty much that Matt. Sure the public registry will probably start with high risk repeat sex offenders, but within about 5 years I wouldn't be surprised if it included all ex-sex offenders. Then, in order to save their town property values, maybe Canadian cities will try to pass residency restrictions that'll effectively ban RSOs from their cities. You know how it all worked in the US. First, around 1995, most states developed registries only the police could access. Then, a year or two later, the states created slight revisions so that if you asked the police if a suspicious neighbor was a sex offender, the police could tell you that he was. Then, circa 1999, the states created a further revision so that you could go to the police and ask for a map and names of all the sex offenders living within 0.5 miles, 1 mile or 2 miles of you. (Circa 1996-98, states usually required you to give a person's name or description in order for them to tell you they were a sex offender- it wasn't like you could just go to the station and ask what RSOs lived near you.) Then, circa 2001, all of the names of the sex offenders were posted online, so even people in Belgium could learn you were a sex offender. Then, circa 2003 or 2004, residency restrictions kept being passed, and in 2005 and 2006, individual cities even began passing them. Then, from 2003-2007, states began trying to make their sex offender registries so tough the RSOs would all move to another state. Then, by about 2008, sex offender registries were so tough that it's not like much new legislation could be passed, so the amount of new sex offender legislation that was proposed every year began to decrease. It's not like life got any better for RSOs- it was just hard for it to get worse. Sure there's some new legislation proposed every year to make life more impossible for ex offenders, but it's certainly not like the huge pile of RSO legislation being proposed in every state capitol circa 2005.