Feb 24, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Details: Many common practices employed in juvenile justice are ineffective as research and data show. They continue, however, to be used in response to youth offending, and they contribute to systemic problems. This talk will identify some of today’s most pressing problems in juvenile justice such as the disproportionate representation of minority youth in the system and the overuse of residential confinement and will discuss Baltimore’s current youth detention situation. Also to be addressed will be some of the practices that have shown success with justice-involved youth – and the issues facing state and local practitioners in the current funding climate as they balance public safety and rehabilitative ideals.
Carrie E. Williamson is a Research Associate with the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC), a project of the Justice Research and Statistics Association funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). NJJEC improves the evaluation capacity of juvenile justice practitioners in states, localities, and tribes and additionally promotes the use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Williamson, who received her PhD in crime, law, and justice from Pennsylvania State University, has also been employed by the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington and the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.