The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is at the 2012 annual Models for Change conference, a conference geared toward supporting a network of policy makers, government and court officials, advocates, educators, community leaders and families cooperating together in an effort to ensure that "kids who make mistakes are held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process."
JJIE had the opportunity to catch up with several different officials from varying organizations about their goals and thoughts on the subject of juvenile justice. Continue checking in for ongoing updates.
Jessica Sandoval, Director of National Field Operations at the Campaign for Youth Justice, talks about how her organization got its start and where its going in the future.
Rhonda McKitten, Director of Training and Senior Trial Attorney of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, shares a story about a teen who was positively impacted by one of her programs.
Nancy Gannon Hornberger, Executive Director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, shares an anecdote about a young person whose circumstances led to her being harshly charged in criminal court.
Executive Director of the John Howard Association, John Maki, talks about the best ways to dispel myths about what it's like inside prison, in order to affect change.
Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, describes his belief in raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
Jason Ziedenberg, Research and Policy Consultant, talks large scale juvenile justice reform.
Mike Griffiths, Executive director of the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, shares improvements that have been made in his area.
Bonnie Glenn, Director of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Community Programs and Parole Programs for Washington State, shares the joys of her job and talks about young people who have traversed the system who now give back in an effort to help juvenile offenders currently dealing with the system.
Julia Biehl, Director of Children and Family Justice Center at NorthWestern Law School, shares three things she wants continued work on in her field.
Ben Roe, Ogle County State Court Attorney, shares
an anecdote about a juvenile offender who turned his life around.
Victim Services Director Gretchen Casey expresses her desire for juvenile justice workers to continue to work to get better.
Retired Illinois Judge George Timberlake talks about the
strides his state has made to improve how juvenile offenders are handled.