#FREEGRACE campaign sparks conversation around race, gender and class for Black girls and the justice system

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Youth incarceration is a serious issue for Black girls. As is the case of Grace, a special needs high schooler who served months in a detention center after not completing online work during a pandemic. Lisa Durden gets into this issue on her podcast. 

From hyper-invisibility to a failed educational system, Lisa Durden and her #DopeAF contributors talk about a social justice issues in the criminalization of black youth. In particular, the policing of Black girls and the failed educational system in the case of Grace, a Michigan teen who spent 78 days in jail for not completing online homework while on probation.

Sentenced to a detention center by Judge Mary Ellen Brennan, who presides over the Oakland County Family Court Division, the judge determined that Grace violated her probation for unfinished school work. Watch how Durden’s guest unpack the multi-layered issue.

Lisa Durden is a social and pop cultural commentator, producer and TV personality.

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