From the Cincinnati Enquirer, an offbeat story about a juvenile court magistrate who convicted a teenage girl on a disorderly conduct charge for a school fight that was videotaped and posted on YouTube. The magistrate ordered no punishment but delivered a stern lecture to all three girls involved: the two involved in the brawl and the one-girl camera crew. (Apparently, YouTube receives tons of similar submissions from teens.)
From the AP wire, a chilling, Fargo-like story out of Baltimore about a 17-year-old who has been sentenced to juvenile prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his mother and stepfather.
Courtesy of Chris Uggen’s quirky blog–Uggen, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota, is the co-author of Locked Out, a compelling study on the disenfranchisement of felons; he also seems to be captivated by wrestling retirees, obscure indie rock and White Castle slyders–a new study from the JFA Institute called “Unlocking America,” which documents the shocking rise in the US prison population and offers recommendations for putting the system on a serious diet.