|Ferguson Uses The Constitution
to Amend Young Lives
BY JOHN ROSENGREN
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A darkened jail cell crystallized Andrew Ferguson's crusade for
constitutional literacy. Talking to an 18-year-old boy locked up
on a gun charge, Ferguson, L'00, realized the disconnect between
the law he'd studied and the life juvenile delinquents lived. "I
don't understand this Fourth Amendment that you say protects
me," the boy told him. "That's your law, not my law."
No one had ever talked to the boy about the rights granted
him under the Constitution. Ferguson's effort to explain the
law's relevance tripped a light in the boy's head. "In an otherwise
disempowered situation — locked up, separated from his
family, facing longer incarceration — he left (our meeting) understanding
something more about his rights," Ferguson says.
"That gave him more power."