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JJ Matters

Juvenile Justice Matters


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The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. This radio show will feature experts, young people, and parents discussing juvenile justice issues.

On-Demand Episodes

Pollster and Founding Partner Michael Bocian at GBA Strategies will highlight a new national poll commisioned by the Campaign for Youth Justice. This poll reveals critical and timely information on youth in the justice system, showing... more

Juvenile Justice Matters speaks to Michael Kemp, a formerly incarcerated youth from the Washington, D.C. area who is determined to turn his life around and break the vicious cycle of returning to prison. Michael was charged as an adult... more

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Florida, established a categorical ban on sentencing youth who have committed non-homicide offenses to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Many youth are trying to get... more

We sit down with Mississippi Parent Mike McIntosh, who will share stories of his incarcerated son. You won't want to miss this show.

The Campaign for Youth Justice, recently authored the report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System, which provides state policymakers, the media, the public, and... more

We will speak with Ellenette Brown, the adoptive mother of Cyntonia Brown, a young woman who is currently serving a life sentence for a murder she committed when she was 16. Also joining us will be Daniel H. Birman, director of... more

We speak with Esther Brown of The Embracing Project and a formerly incarcerated youth, who at 16 years old was tried as an adult in Nevada. We'll discuss how Nevada kids are treated and what kind of reform efforts are in the... more

Rep.Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) will join us to discuss the Family Engagement Bill, which she recently introduced, and other juvenile justice priorities in the House of Representatives.You won't want to miss this show.

The Missouri Department of Youth Services has received high marks for its treatment and rehabilitation of young offenders. We will speak to the Director, Tim Decker and Carlos, who is currently in the system to hear firsthand how Missouri... more

This week we will be joined by Joshua Kezer, a Columbia, MO resident wrongly incarcerated as a youth for 16 years, and Tracy McClard, who lost her son to suicide in an adult prison and is a national spokesperson with the Campaign for... more