CA Judge Rumored For OJJDP; A Legacy For Holder?


Youth Today floats yet another favorite to head the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Obama administration: Kurt Kumli, a Santa Clara, Ca., trial judge and former prosecutor. Kumli is a white, male former prosecutor, what Youth Today calls the exact opposite of what anyone would have predicted for the job two years ago.

Melodee Hanes, a senior OJJDP official told a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Intitiative conference in Kansas City that Attorney General Eric Holder wants a renewed focus on juvenile justice to “be his legacy.” Youth Today comments that any legacy would be tied to having a dynamic OJJDP administrator and whether the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is reauthorized by Congress. “If the administrator is not memorable, and the act is not reauthorized during his tenure, there is little chance [Holder] will be remembered for his [juvenile justice] contributions,” says the newspaper.

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