Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'The Rights of Minors in the American Criminal Justice System'

The title of this post is the subject of an upcoming one-day symposium at the UT law school in Austin about which I received notice from several different sources this week, but my favorite was from a juvenile probation director who instructed me, "get your ass down there and listen then report to we great unwashed folk out here in the boondocks." Who could pass up an invitation like that? Here are the details:
Please join the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in conjunction with the American Journal of Criminal Law for a symposium on Juvenile Justice: the Rights of Minors in the American Criminal Justice System next Monday, March 29, 2010 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Eidman Courtroom, at the University of Texas School of Law. The School of Law is located at 727 E. Dean Keeton, Austin, TX 78705. The event is free and open to the public.

List of events:

9:00-9:10: Welcome

9:15-10:30 Meeting the Needs of Juvenile Offenders: The Legal and Policy Response

--featuring Deborah Fowler of Texas Appleseed, Richard Lavallo of Advocacy Inc., and Marc Levin of Texas Public Policy Foundation

10:45-11:45 Dealing with Serious Juvenile Offenders in the Juvenile Justice System

--featuring Riley Shaw of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and Kameron Johnson of the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office

12:00:1:00 Lunch in the Sheffield Room - Keynote speaker: TBA

1:15-2:30 National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives

--featuring Michele Deitch of the University of Texas School of Law and LBJ School of Public Affairs, Jody Kent of the National Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and Cynthia Totten of Just Detention International

5:30-7:30 Happy Hour at 219 West, located at 219 West 4th St., Austin, TX 78701


Anonymous said...

Wow, if it weren't such a hike for me to Austin, I would be there for this! Sounds interesting. I look forward to the report, Grits!

Anonymous said...

Do you have to register to attend?

Interested party

Anonymous said...

I hope they discuss the idea of raising the age that determinate sentence offenders can stay in TYC back to 21.

Anonymous said...

Way too many children are enduring torture in TYC to bring back the 21's so more can be added to the torture rolls. Leave this alone, it took us so much hard work to change this issue.

Anonymous said...

Is being able to continue to assault people one of the rights of juveniles? Now they assault the smaller youth and staff members.

Anonymous said...

it didn't take anything to get the age lowered to 19. It was a knee jerk response. I bet you don't even know what determinate sentence means. You know the one's who sexually assault, aggravated robbery, murder, etc.