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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Associate Professor Addie Rolnick Featured in Al Jazeera America

Addie Rolnick is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Feb. 12, she was featured in the Al Jazeera America article DOJ hearing: We are failing the children of Indian Country.

The article is about the second of four national hearings held by the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. Professor Rolnick was invited to testify as an expert witness.

The article reads, "Rolnick said automatically locking up a child, particularly outside of his community, only exacerbates the trauma the child has gone through, costs more money and perpetuates the cycle of kids being away from their communities and families. Rolnick’s solution for building better juvenile justice systems originates inside tribal communities, and maintains that such systems be purposefully developed around treatment options, early intervention, substance abuse programs and mental health programs. 'Jail, or incarceration, should be the last option,' she said."

Professor Rolnick's scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.