An intrastate case raised grand legal questions about poor, rural Alaskans’ access to the justice system. Yet it was also an exercise in budgetary semantics with almost no practical effect — except for running up publicly funded legal bills.
Venida Browder’s son killed himself after spending time in solitary confinement. She’s fighting to end isolation of youth in jails and prisons. A new campaign with that goal launches this week.
One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.