May 26, 2012

"There’s really no problem we can’t fix with more incarceration."

The title is a quote from Radley Balko. An honor student with divorced absentee parents, who is working two jobs and caring for siblings, has been sentenced to a night in jail for truancy: here and here. The judge should think about the American flag on his tie stands for.

But how did the case get to court? Was the judge told about the obviously extenuating situation? The administrators at Diane Tran's high school deserve as close a look as the judge does. My first reaction: they are at best stupid or gutless; at worst, bigoted and malicious.

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