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Juvenile justice is a Millennial issue. In any given day in the United States, 53,000 Gen Y and Gen Z youth are held in facilities away from home. Nearly half of the Millennial cohort identify as people of color, and youth of color are held in custody at a rate 4 times that of white youth. "Tough on crime" policies have created a system in which youth are systematically tried as adults, though neuroscience research as proven that the adolescent brain does not fully develop until age 25. The united States accounts for just 5% of the world's population but harbors 25% of the world's incarcerated people. Today, Millennials are demanding an end to institutionalized racism, economic inequality, and the mass incarceration that has resulted from it. Join OrangeU Going? on October 25th to learn about the issues, the solutions, and the strategy to get there.
The State of the Juvenile Justice System
Attendees learn about the state of juvenile justice in New York, getting a snapshot of the issues and statistics plaguing our system.
Panel 1: Justice by Numbers: Does Data Help or Harm?
Data increasingly informs our daily lives, but should it also inform our approach to juvenile justice? It's said that "Numbers don't lie," but some experts claim data is not value neutral or objective. Currently, data is used to analyze nonprofit programs, inform policing strategies, and influence the parole process. Expert panelists will dive into questions such as where does data fall short, do algorithmic risk assessments work, and can data help craft better policy?
Panel 2: Policy Lessons from the Impacted
Experts impacted impacted by the system - such as formerly incarcerated people - outline the shortfalls of current policy, what New York should be working toward, and how to get there. Panelists will discuss measures such as Raise the Age - which takes effect this October, the decriminalization of marijuana, bail reform, and educational and employment policies. Panelists describe what youth criminalization looks like, how it impacts our city, and how New Yorkers can challenge it through people power, language, education, and employment.
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