By Rob Lorei
A study which came out last month shows that just three counties– Hillsborough, Duval and Orange counties were responsible for nearly one quarter of all juvenile arrests in the state. And that there are alternatives that could keep the young people out of jail and help society at the same time.In the last 40 years the number of Americans who have spent time in jail or prison has risen sharply. 40 years ago 1.5 million people had at one time in their life spent time behind bars. Now that number is up to 8 million. Our first guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Dewey Caruthers, the author of the study about juvenile arrests for called Stepping Up.
April report out of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights and anti-discrimination advocacy group. The report is titled “The Trump Effect: The impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools.”The center conducted an online survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers and found: “Teachers have noted an increase in bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.”Our guest Lora Jane Chuchman-Riedes, is a Math Teacher at Riverview High School in Riverview and Co-chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. She said that she has personally seen an increase in harassment and intimidation of students who belong to the groups that Donald Trump has targeted in his speeches.