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by Kjerstin Johnson
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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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I strongly object to Vanessa

I strongly object to Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez being marginalized as "white college girls" in that Salon article.

fixed it!

<p>thanks for pointing it out.&nbsp;</p>

Ilinois considering expanded alternatives to youth incarceration

If you are in Illinois, <a href="http://nationinside.org/campaign/decarcerate-illinois/posts/support-hb24... the push for alternatives to youth incarceration</a>.

HB2401 would allow Cook County to safely reduce the number of youth being incarcerated by providing youth with cost-effective interventions and resources within their community. HB2401 allows Cook to implement Redeploy Illinois is targeted areas of the county. HB2401 passed the House and needs your support in the Senate. Contact your state senator and ask them to VOTE YES for HB2401.

More about HB2401 at:

Do alternatives to incarceration for youth work? YES!

In 2005, Illinois's Department of Human Services developed Redeploy Illinois, an initiative that offers financial incentives to counties to provide community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. "It was targeted to the top committing counties, except for Cook and Winnebago Counties. The goal was to reduce youth incarceration by 25 percent over a three-year period," noted Elizabeth Clarke, executive director of the Illinois-based Juvenile Justice Institute. "By 2010, most counties have reduced it by over 50 percent." Those reductions have decreased the number of youth behind bars to under 900. Of those, Clarke states, 90 percent would be eligible for Redeploy services if they were offered by their home county.
Source: http://truth-out.org/news/item/15023-closing-cages-people-power-helps-st...

Thanks for the shout-out!

Thanks for linking to my piece on the media misogyny around how the Jason Collins coming out story has been reported. This news cycle has been a real master class in how ingrained biases influence how the story is told.

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