Recorded April 21, 2014
A new paradigm is emerging in the field of juvenile justice reform. The current system fails both youth who break the law and people harmed by crime. To arrive at a system that truly makes communities safer we need a holistic combination – unusual to date – of advocating both for youth who break the law and for crime victims and survivors.
Learn more about this approach in a webinar recorded in April 2014, titled, “Common Cause for Youth Justice and Victims’ Rights Advocates: Where Do We Start and Where Are We Going?” Presenters included:
- Sarah Bryer, director of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), who discussed why juvenile justice reformers who care about justice need to be concerned about people harmed by crime;
- Mai Fernandez, who directs the National Center for Victims of Crime, talked about how the new paradigm looks through a lens of victims' policy work at the national level;
- Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and director of Mothers in Charge, an organization dedicated to violence prevention, shared her perspective as someone who is deeply engaged with the families of murder victims on the local level; and
- Kerry Naughton, director of the Crime Survivors Program at the Partnership for Safety and Justice (an NJJN member), talked about how her organization carries a joint policy agenda on the state level.
- Download NJJN’s publication on this topic, “A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities,” for background.