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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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James Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit dedicated to working for fairness and equity in youth serving systems. Bell represented incarcerated... more

Mark Soler is the Executive Director of the DC-based Center for Children's Law and Policy. From 1978 until February, 2006, Mark was Senior Staff Attorney, Executive Director, then President of the Youth Law Center, a national public... more

Efrén Paredes, Jr., is a prison inmate serving three Life sentences for murder and armed robbery. Convicted at the age of 15, Efrén never saw the inside of a juvenile court and has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Family, friends and... more

Brian was arrested at age 16 for second-degree murder, tried as an adult and then sentenced to sixteen years-to-life. Two years later at age 18, he made a decision to rebuild his morals and values. He married his childhood sweetheart,... more

Interview with Dawn Folsom - A formerly incarcerated juvenile prosecuted as an adult. Hear her describe her experience in prison, her work advocating for children and her thoughts on the criminal justice system in Indiana today.

Interview with Andre, an 18-year old from DC recently released from adult prison. Andrew discusses his experiences in DC jail and the adult prison he was sent to across the country at age sixteen.

Nancy Gannon Hornberger is Executive Director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and co-chair of the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign. She will discuss new federal juvenile justice legislation (JJDPA) that was introduced this... more

Guest host Grace Bauer interviews Simon Gonsoulin, who is the former Director of Office of Youth Development in Louisiana and the current Director of the The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of... more

At the age of 16, Elias Elizondo was arrested, tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 2008, Elias beat the odds after serving sixteen years by attaining release on parole. Tune in this Thursday at... more

Join us this Thursday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. EST for an interview with Bart Lubow, Director, Programs for High Risk Youth at the Annie E Casey Foundation. Bart will discuss the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and "Kids... more