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In the criminal justice system, should juveniles be treated the same as adults? Are some acts so heinous that age does not matter? Is the purpose of the juvenile justice system to punish or rehabilitate? Does it do either well? With new science emerging that provides insight into the adolescent brain, debate accelerates. We study and argue about what is working, what is not, why it makes a difference and what it would take to change.
These questions and others will be examined by the Wise Temple Critical Topics Committee in its program "Rethinking the Juvenile in Juvenile Justice" on Monday, March 14, 2011, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road in Amberley Village. A distinguished panel of experts in law and psychology will look at juvenile crime and punishment nationally and in Ohio where ratings by the National Juvenile Justice Network have been consistently low.
The panel includes: Al Gerhardstein, prominent civil rights attorney of Gerhardstein and Branch law firm; Kim Brooks Tandy, executive director and founder of The Children's Law Center, Inc., in Northern Kentucky; Dr. Drew Barzman, founding director of The Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Service at Children's Hospital Medical Center; Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D., director of The School of Criminal Justice at University of Cincinnati. Marianna Brown Bettman, professor of clinical law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, will moderate what promises to be a lively discussion on a topic which as provoked deep consternation, vigorous debate and seeming ambivalence in our society.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation. "Rethinking the Juvenile in Juvenile Justice" is free and open to the public.