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Annual Juvenile Justice Center Children on Trial Conference on Friday, April 30 at Suffolk Law

by Marlies Spanjaard, posted Tue, Mar 30, 2010 8:36 AM

Annual Juvenile Justice Center Children on Trial Conference:
Kids in Crisis-Courts, Corrections, Confinement

Friday, April 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

This year's Children on Trial conference begins with a keynote address from the Department of Justice on "New Directions in Juvenile Justice".  Focus then turns to the shackling of children in juvenile courts and the new policy instituted in Massachusetts on March 1, 2010. Kids in Crisistakes an in-depth look at the specific implementation issues and psychological effects of shackling.  Justice Michael F. Edgerton, Chief Justice of Juvenile Courts in Massachusetts, explains the new policy and issues facing judges and counsel. The Honorable Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Administrative Judge Family Court, New York City will speak about her experience and perspective on security issues in New York City, where most juveniles are not shackled.  National and local experts then address issues regarding the dangers of detention and strategies and alternatives for reducing the number of youth detained pre-trial.  The panel will also discuss the on-going work the Department of Youth Services is doing with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) to lessen the reliance on secure detention. In the early 1970's, Commissioner Jerome Miller of the Department of Youth Services began what came to be known as "the Massachusetts Experiment" in juvenile justice reform.  In this special presentation, Dr. Miller will discuss reform efforts both locally and nationally with former Commissioner, Joe Leavey, and the current Commissioner, Jane Tewksbury.

For more information and to register, please click on the following link or call 617.573.8627.


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