In partnership with Mic, The Washington Post brought together policymakers, community leaders and legal experts to discuss the issues young people face in the American criminal justice system.
Program Highlights
Speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday, Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson said that there have been discussions about the transition of juvenile justice programs in the new Administration and the continuation of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and other juvenile justice programs are a “very important” priority. “From an economic standpoint this country cannot continue to have millions of young people off the economic playing field,” Johnson said. “We have built models that are working. It would be great to have the continued support around those models.”
    Speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday, Sen. Thom Tillis, (R-N.C.), threatened to retire if measures weren’t taken to improve juvenile justice. “I don’t run again until 2020, and if we’re not able to get things like this done, I don’t have any intention of coming back,” Tillis said. “It is time to tell the far right and the far left, 'either get productive or get out of the way,' because we need to solve this problem.”
      Speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday, National Juvenile Defender Center Deputy Director Mary Ann Scali said obsolete juvenile justice policies are causing the wrong people to get caught up in the system, and are perpetuating juvenile crime as an unintended consequence. “Until we change policies that allow children to be persecuted for what’s normal conduct, it’s going to be really hard to make progress on these issues,” Scali said. “We have to be able to push back on those policies that were intended in the 1970’s to really prevent this wave of crime, but what they did, in fact, is they brought the wrong group of people back into the system.”
        Sponsor Remarks
        Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation speaks at The Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit.
          9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
          Kris Coratti
          ‎Vice President, Communications  and Events
          Sponsor: Patrick McCarthy
          President and Chief Executive Officer, Annie E. Casey Foundation
          9:05 a.m. Interview with Broderick Johnson
          Broderick Johnson
          Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary
          Wesley Lowery
          National Reporter, The Washington Post
          9:30 a.m. View from Capitol Hill
          Sen. Thom Tillis
          (R-N.C.)
          Sen. Chris Coons
          (D-Del.)
          Cheryl W. Thompson
          Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post
          10:00 a.m. Juvenile Justice Reform
          Cully Stimson
          Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
          Mary Ann Scali
          Deputy Director, National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
          Hon. Denise Navarre Cubbon
          Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge
          Jamilah King
          Senior Staff Writer, Mic
          Program Highlights from September's Criminal Justice Summit
          Speaking at The Washington Post’s Criminal Justice Summit, Lynch said $14 million in grants to 40 different state and local jurisdictions will fund adult drug courts. “Drug courts do work,” Lynch said. “We found that drug courts which provide for accountability … but also treatment, and support during the parole and supervision process have been very effective in making sure that those offenders, once they are released, don’t cycle back into the system.”
          • Sep 15, 2016
          Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) on Tuesday defended using executive power to restore voting rights to convicted felons, saying that if this was a political move, he would’ve done it last year when he was trying to win the state senate. “Hillary’s going to win without these folks from Virginia … You do at the end of the day what’s morally right.” He went on to say that the executive action, which goes against the Republican-led legislature in Virginia, will reduce recidivism.
          The Washington Post's Cleve Wootson, Jr., is joined by Brittany Packnett, Co-founder of Campaign Zero, Darrel Stephens, Executive Director of Major Cities Chiefs Association and Chief Will Johnson of the Arlington, Texas Police Department to discuss efforts to bridge the trust gap between law enforcement and the people they serve.
          House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Tuesday that he is “very optimistic,” that the 11 prison and sentencing reform bills coming out of his committee will pass in the House. “Every sentence in every one of three bills has been negotiated between myself and Ranking Member John Conyers and other members on both sides of the aisle,” Goodlatte said. “These are very bipartisan bills and I think they will commend a lot of support in the house and I hope the Senate will vote for them as well.”
          Speaking to The Washington Post’s Tom Jackman Tuesday, Danielle Sered said mass incarceration has failed to deliver a safer America. “We have failed to head the lessons of the last 50 years, Sered said. “We have more people incarcerated in this country than anywhere in world and all of human history. If incarceration worked, we would have the safer nation that would ever existed … Shame on us for pretending otherwise.”
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