Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
MBA section news
Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting
Juvenile & Child Welfare
Section open meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 14,
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