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November 20, 2020
Superpredator: The Media Myth That Demonized a Generation of Black Youth
25 years ago this month, “superpredator” was coined in The Weekly Standard. Media spread the term like wildfire, creating repercussions on policy and culture we are still reckoning with today.
March 29, 2018
When You’re 16 and It’s Your First Time in Solitary
“I felt like I aged 10 years just by doing 20 days in there.”
as told to
Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge
November 30, 2017
Adolescence with an Ankle Bracelet
What it’s like to spend your teenage years tethered to Big Brother.
, as told to
January 4, 2016
This Boy’s Life
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
Corey G. Johnson
December 16, 2015
An Unbelievable Story of Rape
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
T. Christian Miller
November 3, 2015
Why It’s Hard to Be a Poor Boy With Richer Neighbors
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
June 19, 2015
How Germany Treats Juveniles
Inside the German prison system, day four.
June 12, 2015
How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?
A Colorado judge on why we don’t know nearly enough about the link between the young brains and behavior.
Morris B. Hoffman
June 2, 2015
Who Runs Rikers?
The rule says no solitary for kids. The staff finds a loophole.
May 6, 2015
The Case for Violent Video Games
A new book says kids know they’re a fantasy — even a healthy one.