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A Discussion with Jason Smith on Raising The Age in Michigan

A Discussion with Jason Smith on Raising The Age in Michigan
  • Host: Aprill O. Turner, Communications Director, Campaign For Youth Justice
  • Guest: Jason Smith, the Director of Youth Justice Policy, Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ)

In this episode of the Voices of Youth Justice Podcast, we speak with Jason Smith, Director of Youth Justice Policy, at the  Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ).

Over the last decade, the number of children prosecuted as adults each year has dropped from around a quarter of a million to 75,000 or less. The main driver of this drop has been the movement across the states to Raise the Age of adult court jurisdiction to 18. Michigan is the most recent state to pass such legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on October 31, 2019. The campaign leading to this landmark achievement took several years, and among the leading advocates was the Michigan Council on Crime & Delinquency, now known as the Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ).

A discussion with Joann Self Selvidge and Sarah Fleming, Co-Directors of the forthcoming documentary film “Juvenile”

A discussion with Joann Self Selvidge and Sarah Fleming, Co-Directors of the forthcoming documentary film “Juvenile”
  • Host: Aprill O. Turner, Communications Director, Campaign For Youth Justice
  • Guest: Joann Self Selvidge and Sarah Fleming, Co-Directors of the forthcoming documentary film “Juvenile”

In this episode of the Voices of Youth Justice Podcast we had the pleasure of interviewing two incredible filmmakers, Joann Self Selvidge and Sarah Fleming, who are currently working on a feature-length documentary called “Juvenile”, which “explores how communities across the country are breaking and remaking their justice systems. Driven by the personal stories of five youth who were justice-involved as teens, the film traces their pathways into the system and their journeys of trauma and healing.”

The Rundown on Racial Impact Statement Legislation

  • Host: Marcy Mistrett, CEO, Campaign For Youth Justice
  • Guests: Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy at the Sentencing Project
    Wayne Ford, former representative of Iowa’s 65th District.

    In our latest podcast we had the pleasure of interviewing two incredible advocates to learn more about racial impact statement legislation, what it is, it’s impact, and how it could be expanded to better understand the harm associated with proposed legislation.

    Nicole Porter is the Director of Advocacy at the Sentencing Project based in Washington, DC. The Sentencing Project is a national organization founded in 1986 that works toward a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by advocating for sentencing reform, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and promoting alternatives to incarceration. Before joining The Sentencing Project in 2009, Nicole was the Director of the Texas ACLU’s Prison and Jail Accountability Project.

    We are also joined by Wayne Ford, a former representative of Iowa’s 65th District. He is a DC native who moved to Iowa for college. In 1985, he founded a non-profit called Urban Dreams, to serve residents in inner city Des Moines. He was first elected into office in 1996 and served through 2011. He was the tenth African American to serve in Iowa’s House and holds the record for the longest serving African American in Iowa’s legislative history.

    To learn more about racial impact statements, visit the Sentencing Project's website.

Jose Flores: My Experience As A Youth In The Adult System

Jose Flores: My Experience As A Youth In The Adult System
  • Host: David Crosby, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
  • Guest:  This Hispanic Heritage Month, we get to hear the story of Jose Flores. After being incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for almost 13 years, and participating and completing the In-Prison Therapeutic Community program at the Kyle Unit in Kyle, TX, Jose Flores began his journey to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor in the state of Texas. Flores formerly worked as a Youth Justice Policy Analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. In this podcast he shares his experience as a youth in the adult system.

Youth Transfers to Adult Courts with Michael Dammerich

Youth Transfers to Adult Courts with Michael Dammerich

Episode 5: Transfers to Adult Courts

    • Host: Harmeet Kamboj, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
    • Guest: Michael Dammerich, Founding Member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Michael has also assisted in the Campaign to Raise the Age to 18 in Missouri. Michael Dammerich a formerly incarcerated youth who was transferred to adult court at 16, shares his story.