Unlocked is a multi-part investigation into alternatives to juvenile incarceration–both model programs and cases that raise serious concerns. From Alameda County in San Francisco’s East Bay, to Wayne County, Michigan, Youth Radio reveals how moves away from juvenile incarceration are affecting youth and the system.
With dangerously low staffing levels among guards, incarcerated teens are exposed to more fighting as well as ballooning use of force by guards. Listen here.
Probation is intended as an alternative to locking kids up. Yet in some parts of the country, almost half of incarcerated youth — the majority of them kids of color — are behind bars because of technical violations committed while on probation. Listen here.
In 2000, Wayne County, Michigan overhauled its juvenile probation system. Among other changes, the county took a more therapeutic approach, and it’s seen major drops in youth recidivism as a result. Listen here.
Monitoring Youth: The Collision of Rights and Rehabilitation by Kate Weisburd
Reporters: Soraya Shockley, Brett Myers, Joi Smith Additional Reporting: Rebecca Martin, Olivia Cueva
Senior Series Producer & Editor: Brett Myers Senior Series Producer: Rebecca Martin Senior Editor: Lissa Soep NPR Editor: Kenya Young
Producer: Olivia Cueva Engineer: Brandon McFarland Online Producer: Denise Tejada Interactive Producer: Lo Benichou Designers: Teresa Chin, Soraya Shockley, Jenny Bolero Social Media: Bridget Botelho, Asha Richardson, Shyra Gums, Dayonna Martin, Elizabeth Matute Production Assistance: Zak Rosen, Julia Mitric, Sara Hossaini, Erik Neumann, Sayre Quevedo Executive Producer: Ellin O’Leary
Unlocked, an in-depth reporting series, was made possible by:
Public Welfare Foundation The California Endowment The Reva and David Logan Foundation The California Wellness Foundation Youth Radio’s generous individual donors