The Park Scholarships Social Justice Committee presents:
Juvenile Justice Panel
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
NC State University
Dabney Hall, Room 222
Free and open to the public.
North Carolina’s juvenile justice system has challenges that are both unique and representative of national trends. North Carolina is one of only two states in the U.S. that charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the case of misdemeanor offenses; in every other state the age for juvenile jurisdiction is 18.
As in other states, however, there is a disproportionate representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system, and minority youth are more likely to be transferred to adult court and confined in a secure correctional facility. As a consequence, disproportionate minority contact reduction has been a focus on both the national and state levels in the past decade.
Also of concern is the ‘schools to prison pipeline’ in which students who are repeatedly suspended are less likely to complete high school and those who dropout are eight times more likely to be imprisoned. What is being done to address these issues?
Please join us as a panel of experts discusses these issues and engages the public in an interactive and informative conversation.
- Deputy Commissioner William Lassiter, Juvenile Justice, NC Department of Public Safety
- Professor Brenda Berlin, Duke University School of Law
- Chief District Court Judge Marcia H. Morey
- Public Defender James Williams
- Criminal Justice Attorney T. Greg Doucette