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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:25 PM

A Teenager Didn't Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.

A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.

A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.

by Jodi S. Cohen July 14, 4 a.m. CDT

https://www.propublica.org/article/a-teenager-didnt-do-her-online-schoolwork-so-a-judge-sent-her-to-juvenile-detention?utm_source=pocket-newtab

This story was co-published with the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine.

PONTIAC, Mich. —<snip>

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In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order in March that temporarily suspended the confinement of juveniles who violate probation unless directed by a court order and encouraged eliminating any form of detention or residential placement unless a young person posed a “substantial and immediate safety risk to others.” Acting on Whitmer’s order, which was extended until late May, the Michigan Supreme Court told juvenile court judges to determine which juveniles could be returned home.

Judge Mary Ellen Brennan, the presiding judge of the Oakland County Family Court Division, declined through a court administrator to comment on Grace’s case. In her ruling, she found Grace “guilty on failure to submit to any schoolwork and getting up for school” and called Grace a “threat to (the) community,” citing the assault and theft charges that led to her probation.

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Brennan was unconvinced. Grace’s probation, she told her, was “zero tolerance, for lack of a better term.”

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Those numbers, obtained by ProPublica from the Oakland County Circuit Court, reflect long-standing racial disparities in the state and county’s juvenile justice system. From January 2016 through June 2020, about 4,800 juvenile cases were referred to the Oakland court. Of those, 42% involved Black youth even though only about 15% of the county’s youth are Black.

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But officials at the Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, the state disabilities watchdog organization, said they were especially troubled that a student with special needs — one of the most vulnerable populations — was punished when students and teachers everywhere couldn’t adjust to online learning.

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The ending where a "Children’s Village case coordinator, listening, tried to be encouraging. “You are doing very well right now, ... (W)hatever happens, it looks good. You are respectful, you are following the rules.”

Then she told them their time was up.

“Stay strong,” Grace told her mom.

“You stay strong, too,” her mother replied. “I love you.”

“I love you, too.”"

I know how I'd feel if I had to stand an active third person review of the interaction between my children and myself with actual time interaction from that observer. Its just so wrong on sooo many levels.

The article is a lot much longer and every paragraph is solid.

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Reply A Teenager Didn't Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention. (Original post)
marble falls Jul 2020 OP
malaise Jul 2020 #1
marble falls Jul 2020 #3
malaise Jul 2020 #6
marble falls Jul 2020 #7
jimfields33 Jul 2020 #8
malaise Jul 2020 #9
Brainfodder Jul 2020 #2
marble falls Jul 2020 #4
Brainfodder Jul 2020 #5

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:26 PM

1. See if he has shares in the Juvi prison? n/t

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:37 PM

3. I almost closed it with "Follow the money.", I swear! They won't get more money if they ...

don't spend what they got at a time that because of Covid, crime has mostly gone down.

Either they or their private contractors want to keep getting our tax dollars. They create "no way out" outcomes for the profits involved.

That poor little girl will pay forever and/or your tax dollars will.

Have you heard how many small towns make money off traffic courts to fund city budgets?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:50 PM

6. Did you see that they released the judge who had shares

because of Covid?

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:55 PM

7. Do not know how I missed that. Where's a lawyer to get her out!

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 05:22 PM

8. He? The judge is female.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 05:37 PM

9. She

Thanks

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:30 PM

2. Didn't upfront the fact the Teenager was ON PROBATION, which changes things A LOT!



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Response to Brainfodder (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:42 PM

4. That's why there is a link. That probation needs to be looked at before anyone gets too judgy ...

Four paragraphs is a tough mistress.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:45 PM

5. Not blaming you OP, the Headline writers, it needed to be pointed out.

So sick of the not quite right headlines, they fool the gullible and poorly informed/lazy ones.

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