Juvenile Justice on Trial in Texas

By Shane Vander Hart 

I just read this article in the Chicago Tribune. I encourage you to read it, the allegations that are being made are incredible. Pray for wisdom for those who are investigating. The following example of injustice caught my attention. It is sad, but we see that here. Very rarely do we ever see a student who attends Valley High School in West Des Moines in lock-up, even though I know juvenile offenses have occured there as well.

Among the leading candidates for early release is Shaquanda Cotton, a black teenage girl from the small east Texas town of Paris, who was sent to prison for up to 7 years for shoving a hall monitor at her high school while other young white offenders convicted of more serious crimes received probation in the town’s courts.


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