Understanding the Criminalization of Youth – A Workshop

Join Community Voices Against Youth Incarceration for a workshop titled “Understanding the Criminalization of Youth.”

When: Thursday, April 19th 2012
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, Suite 3N
Info: Registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please RSVP by April 16th to projectniaevents@hotmail.com. SPACE IS LIMITED>

The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of the systematic criminalization of young people, specifically youth of color in Chicago, and to address the myths of “criminal youth” to prevent young people from being victimized by it.

Workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of the individual and social forces that lead to the hypercriminalization of youth of color in Chicago.

In his book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys,” sociologist Victor Rios’s suggests that “criminalization was a central, pervasive and ubiquitous phenomenon that impacted the everyday lives of the young people [he] studied in Oakland.” He added:

“By the time they formally entered the penal system, many of these young men were already caught up in a spiral of hypercriminalization and punishment. The cycle began before their first arrest — it began as they were harassed, profiled, watched, and disciplined at young ages, before they had committed any crimes. Eventually, that kind of attention led many of them to fulfill the destiny expected of them.”

Rios defines hypercriminalization as “the process by which an individual’s everyday behaviors and styles become ubiquitously treated as deviant, risky, threatening, or criminal, across social contexts.” This workshop will explore the real life consequences of “hypercriminalization” for young people in Chicago.

This workshop will be facilitated by Mariame Kaba.


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