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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

We will be conducting an interview with Keela Hailes, a mother of a DC youth who is incarcerated. Keela, hadn't seen her son in over two years until this past December in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where her son has been incarcerated.... more

Vasser College Psychology Professor, Abigail Baird has researched juvenile brain development for many years. Be sure to tune in for this incredible show.

Beginning January 2010, 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanor offenses will no longer be tried in adult court but instead will be tried in juvenile court with access to rehabilitative services, according to recently enacted legislation. Illinois... more

Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance will join us to discuss the “Raise the Age” legislative success and plans for implementation. She’ll focus on why it’s important to follow through with the... more

Grace Bauer sits down with JJ Matters to explain her son's involvement with the Louisiana Juvenile Justice System

Tracy McClard of Missouri will join us to talk about her efforts in her state, as well as discuss her personal involvement with the adult justice system. Be sure to call in for this interview!

Dwayne Betts will join us to talk about his experience in prison and how he turned his life around to be successful in college and now a poet. Dwayne will read poetry and talk about his memoirs that will be published next year.

Interview with Oregonians Shannon Wight, of Partnership for Safety and Justice, and Multnomah County Spokesperson Jason Ziedenberg.

Just last week, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced that they would not retry Mario Rocha's murder case. Since 1996, Rocha was wrongfully convicted of a 1996 murder in California. Rocha, then 16, was accused of opening fire at... more

Dr. Jennifer Woolard, leading psychologist from Georgetown University, joined us to talk about what goes through a kid's mind when they commit a crime and how can they be rehabiliated. Woolard has conducted studies as well as testify... more