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Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey is an award-winning journalist reporting on the intersection of race, class, and policy. She is the author of The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family. Catch her online as @Ms_SAH. She can be reached via email at [email protected]

3/22/2022

A Longtime Oakland Educator Speaks to the Vital Role of School for Youth Leaving Lockups

Hattie Tate has been an educator in the Bay Area for the past quarter century and for the last decade, she's connected youth leaving detention to education and other resources.

Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton, a Rare Prosecutor, Wants Youth Justice Reimagined

2/24/2022

Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton, a Rare Prosecutor, Wants Youth Justice Reimagined

Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton is among a small group of district attorneys working to dial back decades of tough-on-crime approaches and as she does so, faces challenges.

Inspired by the Care He Received, Justice Leader Extends Supports to Marginalized Bay Area Youth

1/3/2022

Inspired by the Care He Received, Justice Leader Extends Supports to Bay Area Youth

Ali Knight, president and CEO of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), discusses the way racism, marginalization, poverty and all forms of oppression suffocate young people and what his organization is doing to equip youth and advance the juvenile justice movement in California. 

One Letter to a Teacher Helps Formerly Jailed Kids Stay on Track

10/20/2021

One Letter to a Teacher Helps Formerly Jailed Kids Stay on Track

New research out of Stanford proposes a practice for better classroom relations between kids who have been jailed and their teachers.

Advocacy Groups Launch Nationwide Campaign to End Juvenile Court Fines and Fees

9/23/2021

Advocacy Groups Launch Nationwide Campaign to End Juvenile Court Fines and Fees

A coalition of youth advocacy groups launched Debt Free Justice, a new national campaign to abolishing such court-imposed fines and fees.

Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families

8/23/2021

Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families

A bill defending Black families against racist practices in the child welfare system has failed to pass for a third time in the Minnesota Legislature.

Use of Foster Care Went Down During Pandemic. Did Maltreatment?

5/2/2021

When the Clock is Cruel: Parents Face Pandemic Hurdles as They Race to Keep Their Kids

In interviews The Imprint and Type Investigations conducted with lawyers, family members and child welfare advocates in at least six states, it’s clear that child welfare timelines have imposed unfair burdens and an unreasonable expectation for parents who — even under normal circumstances — have difficulty complying with court orders to get their kids back.

3/4/2021

Town Hall Held to Discuss Minnesota Bill Aimed At Limiting Black Family Separation

On Tuesday, at least 70 people – state representatives, community organizations, child protection allies, and directly impacted families – gathered for a virtual town hall to discuss legislation being produced that would limit child welfare actions against black families in Minnesota.