My old friend David Inocencio is Director/co-founder of a project called The Beat Within, a weekly publication of writing and art by young people in the juvenile justice system. Starting out in the San Francisco bay area, today, "The Beat Within staff and volunteers hold weekly workshops in many California county juvenile halls: San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Monterey, and Fresno. The Beat workshop model is replicated in Maricopa Arizona, in San Bernalillo New Mexico, Miami Florida, and in our new satellite program in Washington DC. Each week, we serve up to 700 detained youth and our San Francisco office provides internships and social services to more than a dozen formerly detained youth. Today the full-fledged weekly magazine is at 70 pages." Please friend The Beat Within and check out the writing. If you can spare a couple dollars they can always use your support.

Here's the story of The Beat Within:

SF State Beat Within Video from New America Media on Vimeo.