Juvenile Justice Summit to be Held June 30

Juvenile Justice Summit to be Held June 30
The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) of Shelby County Juvenile Court, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will sponsor a Juvenile Justice Summit to bring awareness of the juvenile reform efforts underway in Shelby County and to encourage citizens to participate in these efforts.
The one-day summit will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2016, at The Gathering Place inside of Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075, Winchester Road. The summit is free and open to the public.
“Our goal is to engage all citizens throughout our community to be active advocates for the long-term sustainability of these reform efforts,” said Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael. “We believe it is important that our citizens understand their role in the juvenile justice system, how each piece of the system works collaboratively, and how we identify the available resources as well as the gaps that we can fill together.”
The summit’s keynote speaker will be James Bell, the founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality. Founded in 2001, the Burns Institute is a leader in the work of racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice across the country. Bell is a nationally recognized juvenile justice leader who offers solutions for local officials who seek to transform their juvenile justice systems.

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