Shelden, R. and Vélez Young, M. (2020). Our punitive society: Race, class, gender and punishment in America (2nd Ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
This reader-friendly exploration of the primary forces relevant to punishment—poverty and political powerlessness—highlights the necessity for humane alternatives to our current incarceration binge. This provocative overview looks at the business of punishment and at the historical patterns of control regarding slavery, the death penalty, women, the LGBTQ community, juveniles, and supervision.
Vélez Young-Alfaro, M. (2018). School violence inside a youth prison school. In Gordon A. Crew (Ed.), School violence in American K-12 education. Hershey, Penn; IGI Global.
This chapter complicates common examples of “school violence” and sheds light on those types of school violence that have adult agents.
Herron, J.D. and Vélez Young-Alfaro, M. (2018). Racialized perceptions of school violence: Suspensions of African-American students. In Gordon A. Crew (Ed.), School violence in American K-12 education. Hershey, Penn; IGI Global.
This chapter explores the role of school suspensions in punishing Black students for real and imagined behavioral issues.
From 2016-2020, we published bi-monthly blogs spanning a range of topics pertaining
to community-based organizations working to resolve social inequities. The pandemic
has impacted our lives in such a way that blogging is not possible at this time.
However, you can find some of these past resources on our YouTube Channel.
Bad Ass Tools of The Week
From 2017-2020, we published weekly Bad Ass Tools every Sunday to our listserve folks. These tools
spanned a range of topics pertaining to community-based organizations working to resolve
social inequities. Though with the pandemic, we stopped sending these weekly tools, we wanted to
make them available to everyone, so we curated them here.
Dr. Vélez Young has published numerous articles in academic publications, spanning a range of topics
pertaining to youth and young adults encompassed by the justice systems.