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With Guest Host John Harwood.
The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down. Plus: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is with us.
In her new book, Hillary Rodham Clinton describes four years leading the Obama administration’s foreign policy. But now that she’s considering another presidential race, there’s conflict almost everywhere you look. What does that say about America’s leadership – and hers? We’ll ask her. And also: is the nation’s correctional system for juveniles doing any correcting – or making things worse? Hear the case that we should scrap juvenile prisons completely. This hour, On Point, two big topics: juvenile justice, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
-- John Harwood
Nell Bernstein, author of "Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison" and "All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated." Winner of the White House Champion of Change award for her work on children of the incarcerated. (@nellbernstein)
Jonathan Caudill, assistant professor of criminal justice at California State University, Chico. Worked as a juvenile correctional officer for Texas Youth Commission. His research includes offender management strategies, patrol strategies, and law enforcement organizational changes. (@Objective_Views)
New York Times: A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform — "Solitary confinement, which can lead to mental problems for adults, is especially damaging for children, who are more fragile emotionally."
The Week: The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system -- When you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures, and otherwise ruins the lives of generations of children.
SFGate: 'Burning Down the House,' by Nell Bernstein — "For the worst offenders, there may be no viable alternative to confinement. But we could dramatically reduce the amount of abuse and injustice simply by keeping the number of people imprisoned as small as possible."
This program aired on July 24, 2014.