MISSOURI IS STILL ENSLAVING OUR CHILDREN: RESEARCHERS VS JOURNALISTS
Slavery is legal in Missouri in the guise of Law & Order. In other words, somebody is lying and somebody else is not telling the truth.
Missouri Model: A summarized view for the researchable findings of this model revealed extreme deprivation of legal protections, lack of disclosures, deliberate failures of due process, and the denial of a host of other basic human rights; which included the right to hope. Still CNN, the New York Times and others had framed those research findings (which the journalists must have not known about or neglected to read or had not even investigated properly for themselves and readers) in a far kinder and gentler way. To the media it appeared that the model was apparently innovative, ethical and worthy of piles of financing and wide replication.
However, as implied the research here examined that very popular model which, as mentioned, journalists reportedly widely as being successful when right from the start researchers found the model to be entirely unconstitutional due to having so many human right violations. Here as throughout the collected studies being branded unconstitutional was considered to be the highest expression of either a legal or an ethical violation. Those type of violations the researcher Quinn cited as, “Missouri’s conflicted and outdated juvenile court system, a structure that appears to be unconstitutional in its entirety. It describes Missouri’s nearly non-existent indigent juvenile defense system, a system that has resulted in young people all too frequently defending themselves in Missouri’s courts. Finally, it explains how children are too easily sent to Missouri’s adult prisons — many banished to die there without anyone ever hearing their stories.”
When unconstitutional abuses were repeatedly verified as true some journalists might need to be added to the unethical problem pile. That rant aside, the Missouri Model’s Division of Youth Services (DYS) handled just a fraction of youth offenders but its ethical violations was very representative of the identical levels of ethical and legal violations throughout the rest of the juvenile system.
Aside for the ethical and legal issue that regarded the approximately 2,000 youth being in adult prisons and the 84 youth who had a mandatory life sentence, the juvenile corrections system was literally fed by the unethical and illegal practice of allowing certain schools to fail and more. Those and other related practices the researcher labeled as the Other Missouri Model.
The Other Missouri Model of collapsed schools, the criminalization of childhood and a wide range of educational inadequacies and more was all part of a mounting ethical and legal violation of more than just human decency. Even the protections which regarded apparent innocence was violated by the State’s own Safe Schools Act. Regarding that Act, Quinn discovered that, “Missouri’s Safe Schools Act does provide that if a child is acquitted of the charges against him in juvenile court, or if the charges are dismissed, he may seek to be readmitted or reenrolled at school. However, the Act provides no guidance for such a process. Moreover, in practice it appears that such readmission is not always sought. Many children, families, and court personnel operate under the false assumption that a child may never be readmitted to his home school once charged with a Safe Schools Act violation, as these charges are often called. And attempting to have such children accepted back into their home schools can amount to a Sisyphean task.”
Also captured by the researcher was evidence of structural court conflicts, a lack of probable cause hearings, the constant use of informal punishment processes, and an underfunded juvenile defense system. Justice and injustice was found to be based on race and geography. Most of the juveniles were forgotten, unprotected and much more. Most of the already gathered problems literally applied also to the identical population outside of the juvenile system as inside the system. The intersectional problems of abandoned schools and abandoned juvenile justice was all part of a vicious but planned cycle. The researcher Quinn also found in his home state that, “A wide range of ordinary adolescent behaviors, now prohibited under expansive codes of student conduct, are routinely met with school discipline and punishment. In many ways these practices have turned schools into jail-like settings dominated by a culture of suspicion and surveillance….Yet such practices have not been proven to increase school safety…. All of this effort, of course, is in the name of rooting out potential drugs that may be hidden in student belongings — not enhancing educational services.”
Proven or not when the reality was the failure to not enhance educational services in this instance that also violated far too many of the ethical imperatives of the educators themselves, whose own well-being was just as open to being violated in cruel ways. Especially since the researcher noted that the normal outlets for releasing tension and engaging in artistic creativity were absent. Unsurprisingly Quinn wrote that, “nearly all of these programs fail to provide gym classes, team sports, or other ordinary school activities that could benefit at-risk youth.”
The researcher then proceeded to document each of the failings mentioned and not mentioned in great detail. The empirical and quantifiable evidence of ethical and legal violations were staggering. So much so that well before coming to any final conclusions Quinn stated that, “In this way, Missouri’s juvenile courts are not addressing criminal activities but are largely engaging in morals policing and social control, primarily impacting youth in communities of color.”
Again, how had the media missed all of that while here there were still many pages of research left to go through? There were the ethical violations found in the harsh treatment of those with low level charges and more. The ethical and legal violations were deplorable so the reform acts had to be just as substantially corrective and likely even more intensive. Surely that was why the researcher drew near his conclusions with the prospect that, “It is my hope that post-Miller implementation efforts, taken together with other recent events — including the release of the NJDC’s assessment of Missouri’s juvenile justice system, OSCA’s studies on continuing racial disparity in the state, and now the investigation launched by the United States Department of Justice — will finally force us to come to terms with the whole story of Missouri’s treatment of youth.”
Now if you look up Claire McCaskill there will be nothing but praise for her before, during and after Ferguson’s political dissent was widely broadcasted. However, the above and here is how I saw and see her. Her tone was Law & Order, Law & Order was the tone that wiped out the Native American. There is no history of Law & Order politics being liberating, so anyone who uses it to oppose unrest is a mess like McCaskill.
The Tweet below is how she was assessed from the outset by those of us who have seen this political repeat about unrest many times before.
Below (using a simple Google search of the Missouri Model) some journalists and researchers got it right while some got it wrong. Pay particular attention to articles and insights from around the year 2009. Most of the people who got it wrong were likely just merely reporting from the press releases or otherwise repeating the intentional or unintentional errors of others; particularly from the official position.
Whereas from a grass root perspective, you can’t expect people who are on record as hating POC and the poor (based solely on outcomes though you may combine rhetoric, codes) to be given oversight over anything that is meant to help poorly helped people, don’t count on it. Those people don’t ever help people who are poor; although the poor ought to solely help themselves but that is another issue that will not be addressed here. But no let’s wait on more evidence and ignore the straight line of evidence since the founding of virtually every state in our Union, and the slavery of Missouri’s youth in particular. The people who have always hated certain types of people are given the authority over the resources that are supposed to be used to help people (i.e. State governments, austerity regulators, prosecutors, etc.). That’s evidence of corruption which would be unearthed for deniers and believers by just about any theory of diffusion or intersectionality.
All of that aside, what’s said here is not what was happening in the above research. Somebody is lying and somebody else is not telling the truth. That and the journalist and narrator here is full of shit.
A New Model for Juvenile Justice
The Missouri Model — The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Missouri Model. Kid “jails” are routinely found to be unsafe, unhealthy and unconstitutional. Not in Missouri. Its award-winning, unconventional approach for dealing with the most hardened juvenile offenders is producing incredible results with less money.
The Missouri Approach — Home NPR featured a story by Nashville affiliate WPLN on the recent incidents. Advocates are pointing to Missouri as an exemplary model of youth rehabilitation.
Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the “Missouri Model” an American … May 15, 2010 — Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the “Missouri Model” an American Model. The state of Missouri has created a juvenile justice system that has proved so successful over the last 30 years it’s known as the “Missouri Miracle.”
Missouri Youth Services Institute — MYSI — Changing Juvenile Justice … The Missouri Youth Services Institute (MYSI) is a not for profit organization created … Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the “Missouri Model” an American Model
Missouri Model Standards | Missouri Department of Elementary and… Model Teacher Standards. … Missouri Model Standards … Administrators. Model Leader Standards. Superintendent StandardsPDF Document · Superintendent …
The Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can … The recommended citation when used is Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Missouri System Treats Juvenile Offenders With Lighter Hand
The New York Times Mar 26, 2009 — Juvenile justice experts across the nation say that the approach, known as the Missouri Model, is one of several promising reform movements …
Kantian Ethics. Definition. Retrieved September 25, 2016 from, https://www.reference.com/world-view/definition-kantian-ethics-6b4785bfdd841c60
Quinn, M. C. (2013). The other Missouri model: Systemic juvenile injustice in the show-me state. Missouri Law Review, 78(3), 1193–1244.