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We have an absolutely incredible line-up of workshop sessions this year. Good luck choosing between them all!
Wednesday, October 4 • 11:05am - 12:20pm
Re-Envision Juvenile Justice: A Multi-Tiered Approach Towards Change

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A growing body of research presents the case that harsh punitive policies found in the juvenile justice system, do not work, either for the youth or public safety. Our continued reliance on practices that prioritize confinement and the use of probation services with arbitrary conditions, largely isolate youth from their community and consumes resources that could, if wisely reinvested, help empower youth towards positive change.

This workshop will challenge participants to re-envision juvenile justice through the lens of restorative principles that supports youth within the context of their families, schools, and communities. In addition, this session will discuss Utah’s recently passed comprehensive juvenile justice legislation, House Bill 239, as a possible model for local reform. This bill is expected to cut the population of juveniles placed in state custody by 47 percent over the next five years, freeing up more than $70 million for reinvestment in evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, which could and should include diversion initiatives, accessible mental health services, and after-school programs.

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Nubia Peña, JD

Utah Juvenile Defenders Office
Nubia, what inspires you to do social justice work? "Very early in my career as an advocate, I realized that issues relating to disenfranchised populations would often fall to the wayside if someone was not readily advocating on their behalf. I pursued a legal career as the natural... Read More →

Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Teton Room

Attendees (8)