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.”
Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation speaks at The Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit.
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
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Sponsor: Patrick McCarthy
President and Chief Executive Officer, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Patrick McCarthy joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1994 to manage its Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children, a five-year, $20 million effort to provide high-quality community-based mental health services for children in four high-poverty communities. With a career serving in multiple capacities in the mental health and human services fields, McCarthy brings to Casey a broad perspective on what children, families and systems need to prosper.
9:05 a.m. Interview with Broderick Johnson
Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary
Broderick Johnson is Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. He is also Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Johnson has held positions in both the public and private sectors. He was a senior advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in 2012, an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008, and was the senior congressional affairs advisor to the Kerry campaign in 2004.
National Reporter, The Washington Post
Wesley Lowery is a national reporter who covers law enforcement, justice, race and politics. He previously covered Congress and national politics. Prior to joining the Washington Post in February 2014, he worked as a breaking news and local politics reporter for the Boston Globe, and has also reported for the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2014, he was named the National Association of Black Journalists' "Emerging Journalist of the Year." Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
9:30 a.m. View from Capitol Hill
Sen. Thom Tillis
N.C. Senator Thom Tillis is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a long-time supporter of criminal justice and juvenile justice reform. As North Carolina Speaker of the House, Tillis spearheaded the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act, sweeping criminal justice reform legislation. The law has resulted in a reduction in North Carolina’s prison population and a significant decrease in the recidivism rate.
Sen. Chris Coons
Chris Coons was elected to the Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. In the Senate, Chris sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees. On the Judiciary Committee, Chris has fought for criminal justice reforms to end mass incarceration and ensure our legal system is about justice, not just punishment. Chris graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.
Cheryl W. Thompson
Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post
Cheryl W. Thompson, an investigative reporter who also teaches investigative journalism at George Washington University, came to The Post in 1997 and has written extensively about law enforcement, homicides, political corruption and guns, including a two-part series on firearms that tracked guns used to kill more than 500 police officers in the U.S. Those stories won several honors, including an Emmy award in 2011. In 2015, her reporting revealed nearly 40 witnesses to crime in the D.C. area were killed for talking to authorities or out of fear that they might. Her national investigation last November found that nearly one person a week died after being Tasered by police. That story was part of the newspaper’s year-long series on police shootings in the U.S.
10:00 a.m. Juvenile Justice Reform
Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Cully Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and is a widely recognized expert in crime control, drug policy and national security. Over the last 23 years, has served as a local, state, federal and military prosecutor, and as a criminal defense attorney and military trial judge in the Navy JAG Corps, where he holds the rank of Captain and is the Commanding Officer of the Appellate Government reserve unit. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs (2006-2007), and is the Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable giving arm of U.S. Soccer.
Mary Ann Scali
Deputy Director, National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
Mary Ann Scali is Deputy Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). She has been at NJDC since 2000 and working on juvenile indigent defense issues for over 15 years. As deputy director she oversees the delivery of juvenile defense training, facilitates and writes state assessments of juvenile indigent defense services, coordinates and participates in numerous cross-disciplinary reform efforts, and manages a variety of projects with NJDC staff. Mary Ann has a particular interest in the intersection of adolescent development and delinquency and has contributed to numerous NJDC publications.
Hon. Denise Navarre Cubbon
Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge
Denise Navarre Cubbon was elected Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge in November, 2004. She became the Lucas County Juvenile Court Administrative Judge in April, 2007. She currently serves on a number of committees and boards including The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Board of Directors, The Ohio Juvenile Court Judges Association Board of Directors, The Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Children and Families, The Ohio Department of Youth Services RECLAIM Advisory Committee, and the Ohio JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) Steering Committee.
Senior Staff Writer, Mic
Jamilah King is a writer based in New York City. Currently a senior staff writer at Mic.com, she was previously senior editor at Colorlines, where her work focused on race, arts and culture. Her work has appeared on Salon, MSNBC, the American Prospect, Al Jazeera, The Advocate, and in the California Sunday Magazine. She's also a music junkie and an unabashed Bay Area sports fan.
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.”
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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