2013 Juvenile Justice State Teams Meeting

2013 Meeting | Juvenile Justice State Teams


Meeting Recap

Lawmakers from 18 states came together Sept. 17 in Boston, Mass., to participate in a four-day meeting on pressing juvenile justice issues. The meeting, convened through a partnership with the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, provided an opportunity for teams of state legislators to get together to learn from national and local juvenile policy experts in Massachusetts and also from each other.

During the meeting, attendees heard from Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and from Robert Listenbee Jr., administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The meeting also featured several other expert panelists on many youth issues such as positive youth development, status offender reform, adolescent brain development and realignment strategies.

The meeting program also included a tour of Roca, a model performance-based and outcomes-driven organization working to help alter the life trajectories of the most high-risk young people in Massachusetts.

Meeting Agenda and Online Resources

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Dinner and Welcome Reception

Welcome: Sarah Brown, NCSL

Massachusetts Welcome: Speaker Robert DeLeo

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Juvenile Justice Reform Partnerships

Speaker: Laurie Garduque, director Justice Reform, MacArthur Foundation

Keynote Speaker: Robert Listenbee Jr., OJJDP administrator

Site Visit - Roca - Chelsea, Mass.


Ned Loughran, executive director, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators

Kim Godfrey, executive director, PbS Learning Institute

Juvenile Justice Reform in Massachusetts


Representative Kay Khan, M.A.

Naoka Carey, executive director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Positive Youth Development and Risk/Needs Assessments

Moderator: Anne Teigen, NCSL


Josh Dohan, director, Youth Advocacy Division

Gina Vincent, professor, UMass Medical School

Ed Kelley, president and CEO, Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps

School Policy, Racial Justice, Status Offenders and the Juvenile Justice System

Moderator: Sarah Brown, NCSL


Senator Karen Spilka, M.A.

Dan Losen, director, Center for Civil Right Remedies

Robert Fleischner, assistant director, Center for Public Representation


Thursday, Sept. 19

Treating Kids as Kids, Not Adults

Moderator: Sarah Brown, NCSL


Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel, Juvenile Law Center

Judge Sally Padden, first justice, Essex County Juvenile Court

Adam Foss, assistant district attorney, Juvenile Division, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Representative Wendy McNamara, Ind.



Probation and Reintegration


Representative Mike Costello, M.A.


John Tuell, co-director, Models for Change, Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps

Robert Schwartz, executive director, Juvenile Law Center

Ed Dolan, commisioner of probation, Mass.

Realignment in the States

Moderator: Rich Williams, NCSL


Peter Forbes, comissioner, Department of Youth Services, Mass.

Representative Teresa Fedor, Ohio

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