Juvenile Justice Summit: ‘We Are Addicted To Incarceration’

Posted by knetzler on Jul 21, 2016

By Katie Fretland of The Commercial Appeal, published June 30, 2016

James Bell, who works nationally to address racial disparities in juvenile justice, described incarceration as an addiction Thursday to an audience of more than 200 people in Hickory Hill.

“We are addicted to incarceration as a primary instrument of social control,” Bell said. “Not just for law violators but for misbehaviors in school.”

Speaking at a juvenile justice summit, “A Just Village: Our Children, Our Responsibility,” at the Gathering Place inside Hickory Ridge Mall, Bell said society has an obligation to enhance nurturing.

“Nurturing and how do we provide support as a society so the young people are able to reach their maximum potential regardless of skin color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income or ability,” he said.

View the full text of this story, including a photo of BRIDGES facilitator Evan Morrison with members of our Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change cohort, on The Commercial Appeal’s site.