90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Juvenile Prisons; Plus, Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

With Guest Host John Harwood.

The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down. Plus: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is with us.

Youths seen playing basketball through bars on a window at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Ethan Allen School in Wales, Wis. (AP file)

Youths seen playing basketball through bars on a window at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Ethan Allen School in Wales, Wis. (AP)

In her new book, Hillary Rodham Clinton describes four years leading the Obama administration’s foreign policy. But now that she’s considering another presidential race, there’s conflict almost everywhere you look. What does that say about America’s leadership – and hers? We’ll ask her. And also: is the nation’s correctional system for juveniles doing any correcting – or making things worse?  Hear the case that we should scrap juvenile prisons completely. This hour, On Point, two big topics: juvenile justice, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

– John Harwood

Guests

Nell Bernstein, author of “Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison” and “All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated.” Winner of the White House Champion of Change award for her work on children of the incarcerated. (@nellbernstein)

Jonathan Caudill, assistant professor of criminal justice at California State University, Chico. Worked as a juvenile correctional officer for Texas Youth Commission. His research includes offender management strategies, patrol strategies, and law enforcement organizational changes. (@Objective_Views)

The Reading List

New York Times: A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform — “Solitary confinement, which can lead to mental problems for adults, is especially damaging for children, who are more fragile emotionally.”

The Week: The tragic, maddening failure of America’s juvenile justice system — When you start reading Nell Bernstein’s haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you’ll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures, and otherwise ruins the lives of generations of children.

SFGate: ‘Burning Down the House,’ by Nell Bernstein — “For the worst offenders, there may be no viable alternative to confinement. But we could dramatically reduce the amount of abuse and injustice simply by keeping the number of people imprisoned as small as possible.”

Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, former U.S. Senator from New York, former First Lady of the United States. (@hillaryclinton)

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Nov 26, 2014
Getting together with your family and loved ones at Thanksgiving and the holidays doesn't have to lead to  arguments and fights. (Meg Hunt / Flickr)

The Thanksgiving get-together and all the family drama trimmings. Sage advice from advice columnists.

Nov 26, 2014
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

RECENT
SHOWS
Nov 25, 2014
A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP)

We’ll talk turkey and all the sides. Top chefs join us to answer your Thanksgiving questions.

 
Nov 25, 2014
A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

Grand Jury decision out of Ferguson — no indictment. We’re on the ground with the latest details and reaction.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Last-Minute Thanksgiving Luxury
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Our three Thanksgiving chefs offer up their best bets for delicious, last-minute holiday helpers, including a crunchy celery salad and maple glazed carrots.

More »
Comment
 
Calling All Interns, Calling All Interns
Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

More »
Comment
 
The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

More »
Comment