Try the support network, and if you can't find your answer there, contact one of the ACEsConnection community managers: Elizabeth Prewitt, Alicia St. Andrews, or Jane Stevens. We'll also be adding more info to the "Tips for Getting Around on ACEs Connection", below.

Dana Liebelson’s recent interview demonstrates what the state of Michigan went through to stop her reporting on the violent treatment of youth in the state’s juvenile prisons is just one more example of a punishment oriented system more prone to further harming of youth and continued institutional failure than supporting or rebuilding them.


The state of Michigan has presented Dana with 2 supoenas for complete and unedited copies of all of her work related to their juvenile prison facilities (most likely because a class action lawsuit for how juveniles are treated in Michigan institutions is a real concern).  


On a national level, for a graphic review of juvenile’s in juvenile prison Richard Ross photo documentation of kids having their lives ruined is second to none.


MN’s former Supreme Court Chief justice Kathleen Blatz remarkably stated that 90% of the youth in juvenile justice have passed through child protective services.  Is it just me or does this not seem like the saddest thing one could say about a community?


39 states track juvenile recidivism but most are unable to track the effectiveness of their system.  

In Ramsey County MN, the ACES study demonstrated that the 8% of the youth who commit up to 70% of all serious and violent juvenile crime come from 2 to 4% of families and that most violent adult offenders began their criminal careers before age 12.


Many states  without restorative justice initiative draw few distinctions between adult and youthful offenders and experience recidivism between 70 and 80 %.  As a nation, we charge 25% of youthful offenders as adults (some as young as 11 years old).


Riker’s Island in New York holds a record for suicides and cruel treatment of youthful offenders.

Many states have a long history of punishment and violence against youth.  Pennsylvania recently sent 2 judges to prison (40 years) for sending hundreds of innocent youth to for profit prisons for commissions on each new inmate.  California police sold (you raise em, we cage em T shirts)


Texas is proving that smart justice includes mental health services, saves millions of dollars and empties jails (this NPR interview is worth your 7 minutes).


Support programs that help children return to the community.  What we are doing to troubled youth today in so many states has filled prisons and kept our communities less safe.  There is only sadness and no upside to bad public policy.


Help KARA continue to build support for better public policy for at risk youth

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The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services for multicultural communities through increased public awareness. Since then, individuals and organizations around the country have joined NAMI in celebrating the Month and increasing awareness. Join us!






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When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a studyin JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.

In a bustling kitchen at one of Chicago's top cooking schools, a student cracks an egg into a wide, stainless steel bowl. But he's not an aspiring chef. His name is Emmanuel Quaidoo, and he's a first-year medical student. Quaidoo is working on a spinach and feta frittata, one of the healthy breakfast alternatives he has learned to make.

Quaidoo and about a dozen of his University of Chicago classmates are here on a stormy spring night taking a culinary nutrition class they won't even get credit for.


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If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.

For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's brains, according to a studypublished Wednesday in the journal Neuron. The process involves neurons in one area of the brain that change their behavior as soon as someone associates a particular person with a specific place.

"This type of study helps us understand the neural code that serves memory," says Itzhak Fried, an author of the paper and head of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at UCLA. It also could help explain how diseases like Alzheimer's make it harder for people to form new memories, Fried says.


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Jane Stevens posted a video clip.
Wil Wheaton for Project UROK (6 min)
Will Wheaton, actor and writer, best known for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory talks about his struggles with generalized anxiety disorder. More on Project UROK.
Robert Olcott commented on this blog entry:
Mem Lang posted a video clip.
Some good attachment theory videos for newbies!
Love Dan Siegal - disorganised attachment explanation spot on.