Dequan Jackson Can!
Organized by: Susan Jackson
Thank you! We're making a difference for Dequan!
October 17, 2016
Photo by Charlotte Kesl (from New York Times article)
Dequan Jackson is a 16-year-old honor student and star linebacker at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida with dreams of getting a football scholarship. He already has offers from two colleges. But his inability to pay court fees for his one brush with the law at age 13 has left him on endless probation and burdened him and his family with ever-growing debt that threatens his future.
Here's the original story in the New York Times: "Court Costs Entrap Non-White Poor Juvenile Offenders: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/01/us/court-costs-entrap-nonwhite-poor-juvenile-offenders.html
Here's an update from the Times: "The Injustice of Making Kids Pay" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/opinion/the-injustice-of-making-kids-pay.html?_r=0
Dequan and his classmates are speaking on Capitol Hill today!:http://www.news4jax.com/web/wjxt/positively-jax/local-students-hope-to-bring-big-change-on-capitol-hill#