Young People in Peril
Reporting on the Impact of Today’s Health, Economic and Social Crises on Youth Justice Reform
A five-part webinar series October 22-November 12, 2020
At-a- glance program schedule can be downloaded here.
Download agenda here.
Click here for bios of Oct 22-23 speakers.
Until February 2020, youth justice reformers could claim impressive victories across the country, and were already gearing up to tackle some of the harder systemic challenges. But in the space of just a few months, COVID-19 transformed the environment in unpredictable ways.
While it accelerated the movement for disbanding institutional juvenile detention, comparatively few young people were actually released. The economic crisis caused by the nationwide lockdown has left justice-involved youth especially vulnerable to shortfalls in social services and family stress. In many respects, the special needs of justice-involved youth were sidelined by the attention paid to the plight of at-risk incarcerated adults.
Similarly, the intensified debate about racism following George Floyd’s killing sidetracked media attention from the needs of poor youth—particularly youth of color–who were most likely to be the victims of implicit bias. But there are some promising currents as well. Will the attention to implicit bias in policing and courts translate into more equitable treatment for young people of color? Is the nation ready to address the “next frontier” of juvenile justice reform?
The current situation has posed a special challenge to justice journalists. What do journalists need to know keep the momentum for change in the juvenile justice system relevant to their readers and listeners, especially as the nation experiences a tendentious political campaign?
These questions were addressed in five webinars : Oct 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12 .
Click here for bios of Oct 22-23 speakers.
For questions about the webinar series, please contact Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College, at email@example.com; or journalism coordinator Joe Domanick at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CMCJ thanks the following organizations for their support: The Tow Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- ACLU Lawsuit Ms. L vs. ICE
- Restorative Justice for Oakland
- Borrar, Amy Protecting the Rights and Health of Youth, (PowerPoint) ,National Juvenile Defender Center
- Feierman, Jessica Youth Justice Transformation (Power Point)
- Harvell, Samantha Continuum of Care (Power Point), Urban Institute
- National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s Neighborhood Opportunity & Accountability Board
- Justice Policy Institute, Report: $588 per day to incarcerate a young person,
- Pai-Espinosa, Jeannette, One Girl, Many Systems (Powerpoint)
- Pathways to Desistance: A study of serious adolescent offenders as they transition to adulthood and out of crime, University of Pittsburgh
- Rovner, Josh, School to Prison Pipeline (PowerPoint) The Sentencing Project
- Ryan, Liz, Covering Youth Justice: Perspectives of Youth Leaders
- Schindler, Marc and Walker, Tyrone, Youth Prisons: Why Are We Paying to be Less Safe? Justice Policy Institute, The Crime Report
- Teigen, Anne National Trends in Juvenile Justice Reform (Powerpoint) National Conference of State Legislatures
- Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
- UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative The Latinx Data Gap in the Youth Justice System
- Urban Institute, Report on youth incarceration in Connecticut
- Urban Institute Community-Based Continuum of Care (.pdf )
- Vincent, Gina M. (and Viljoen, Jody L.) Racist Algorithms or Systemic Problems?
Playlist OCT 22-23
Welcome: Conversation and Q&A (1:13:41)
Session One: Youth Voices for Change (1:34:14)
Session Two: Covid-19 and Youth in Correctional Facilities (57:36)
Session Three: Shaping New Priorities for Youth Justice (1:01:47)
Session Four: Financing Youth Justice (32:22)
Session Five: Reimagining Probation and Community Supervision (41:37)
Session Six: Can We Change the Youth Incarceration Paradigm? (49:22)
Session Seven: Broadening Access to Primary and Mental Health Care; Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline (47:27)
KEYNOTE: Where Do We Go From Here? The Politics of Change (51:03 )
Session 8: Reimagining Youth Justice (Lightening Rounds 1:35:23)
Session 9: Youth & Courts (1:00:43)
Session 10: Latinx Youth: Undercounted, Ignored (48:30)
Session 11: Ten Stories for 2021 (1:12:43)
Cheryl Corley, National Public Radio
Juveniles Part of a Huge Increase in Carjackings Across the Country, NPR, Feb. 10, 2021
Claire Goforth, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
An Increased Focus On Women, Girls In The Quest To Reduce Gun Violence, NPR/Jacksonville Dec. 6, 2020
Lead Poisoning Is Partial Explanation For Low-income Neighborhood Crimes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange March 22, 202
Abused, Often Homeless, Florida Man Got 2 Life Sentences At 17 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange March 22, 202
David Dudley, St. George News
Julie Reynolds Martinez, The Imprint