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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting

Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7 p.m.     
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Juvenile & Child Welfare Section members are invited to attend an open meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker will be Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ). Chester is currently a member of the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) and serves on the JJAC's Executive Committee and chairs its Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee.

CfJJ launched its Just Facts Campaign in 2007 to require all agencies in the juvenile justice system to collect basic, non-identifying, statistical data and share this data with the public. Partners in the Just Facts Campaign include the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on Racial Disparities, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Proskauer Rose (which generously provides CfJJ with pro bono assistance).

As a result, the Administrative Office of the Trial Court released some data on the race and ethnicity of youth prosecuted in 2007 - the first time in over a decade that information about the race and ethnicity of youth has been shared by the court.  

Here is just a sample of critical questions that we will finally be able to answer once the public gets the missing facts: How many kids are arrested each year in Massachusetts? What types of crimes are youth being prosecuted for? How do youth of different races, ethnicities, and genders fare as they move through the juvenile justice system?

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