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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

Alexis Flanagan, a community organizer from the Safe and Sound Campaign, will be on the show this week to discuss the plans to build a $100 million jail for juveniles in Baltimore. She will be joined by Kameron White, a local high school... more

Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for the Juvenile Law Center, discusses the recent Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life without parole sentences. She will be joined by Bryan Gowdy, the attorney for Terrence... more

Rep. George Miller of California is Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Recently, Chairman Miller held a full committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).... more

Tune in to Juvenile Justice Matters on Thursday, April 1, for an interview with American Idol contestant and juvenile justice advocate Matt Lawrence. At 15, Matt was an honors student and captain of his high school football team when he... more

An interview with David Chura, author of the newly released I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup. Chura taught high school for ten years in a New York county jail and saw first hand the effects that... more

Today on Juvenile Justice Matters radio show, we’ll be talking with Jermaine Hailes and his mother Keela. Jermaine is a DC youth who was tried as an adult and incarcerated, serving time in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. About a year... more

The Supreme Court is currently examining the constitutionality of sentencing juveniles to life without parole. We will be taking a closer look at this practice, joined by Aqeela Sherrills, a father whose son was murdered by a 17 year old... more

Jason Downs was 16 years old living in Maryland when he was charged as an adult. We’ll talk to Jason about his story and discuss his current role as a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. You won’t want to miss this show.

Deirdre Connor, a reporter at the Florida Times-Union, wrote an extensive story on two young ladies who who are currently charged as adults and in prison. Connor was able to sit down with these two girls and document their stories. We... more

Clemmie Greenlee is no stranger to the dangers of gang violence, street life and jail. From the time she was 12 until her early 40s, Clemmie was consumed by a world of gangs, violence, drugs and prostitution. This same world continues to... more