When our Youth Harm: How Communities Heal
May 24 • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm• Free
In communities around the country policies and laws are being impacted by a series of US Supreme Court decisions directing the justice outcomes for youth who commit crimes. Most recently the US Supreme Court has mandated meaningful opportunities for release for youth given life sentences, which impacts the most violent youthful offenders (Miller v. Alabama). Suddenly states all over the country are seeing youth offenders receiving meaningful opportunities for release in the forms of resentencing and parole hearings, court actions, and new legislation. While most of these youth are adults now, the harm they caused years or decades ago still lives for the individuals and communities impacted by their violent acts.
When Our Youth Harm: How Communities Heal is a community discussion that seeks to get everyone on the same page – Why are the courts directing us to treat youth offenders differently? What have our responses to youth harm been in the past and what will they look like in the future? What needs does our community have in order to feel empowered and heard as youth offenders get opportunities to rejoin our communities? What does reentry into our communities look like for adults who committed crimes as youths?
After introductions by our panelists, community audience members will be able to ask questions in several different ways – microphone, text message, and a paper drop box. If you are unable to attend, you can submit questions online prior to the event.