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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.

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Juvenile Justice Matters will interview Tracy McClard, CFYJ spokesperson and parent activist, whose 17 year old son committed suicide in an adult facility after being tried as an adult. Tracy has assisted in creating a Parent Caucus and is... more

Tune in to Juvenile Justice Matters this Thursday when we talk to Anthony Shepett, who was recently paroled from prison after serving 17 years. Anthony was arrested when he was 16, and by the time he was 18 he had... more

Tune in this Thursday when we take a look at Virginia’s sentencing structure for juveniles. We will be interviewing Kate Duvall, an attorney with JustChildren. She represents individual youth who have been given blended juvenile and adult... more

Join us Thursday evening when we talk to Edwin Desamour, mentor to at-risk youth and former inmate. When Desamour was 16 he was tried as an adult and spent 8 years behind bars in Philadelphia. Mr. Desamour now uses his... more

Join us on Thursday evening with Kim Dvorchak to discuss juvenile justice reform in Colorado. Kim Dvorchak is a juvenile defense attorney and the chair of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition. She has been practicing law for 13 years.... more

We will speak to Judge David Bell of New Orleans and discuss significant juvenile justice reform in his area and a model that other judges should consider when sentencing kids. Please join us for what promises to be a great show.

Susan Broderick is the Project Director for Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, a MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Initiative. Susan's work focuses on supporting the active participation of prosecutors in... more

Criminal Defense Attorney Kristina Wildeveld and Lee Rowland with the ACLU of Nevada join us on Juvenile Justice Matters to discuss a new law in Nevada that makes it harder to prosecute youth as adults.

Joining us this week is Dwayne Betts, a formerly incarcerated youth, spokesman for the Campaign for Youth Justice and author of the new book, "A Question of Freedom." Dwayne's book is about his experience being charged as an adult for... more

Michele Deitch is an attorney with over 23 years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections officials, judges, and advocates. She teaches criminal justice and juvenile justice policy at... more