2015 Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit


Meeting Recap

The National Conference of State Legislatures held a Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit for state legislators from all over the country in Charleston, S.C., on June 14-16.

The meeting, convened through a partnership with NCSL and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, provided an opportunity for state legislators to learn from local leaders about South Carolina’s youth reforms and from national experts on mental health and juvenile justice defense models. The group also toured AMIKids in Beaufort, a model nonprofit residential placement program that gives troubled youth opportunities to transform into responsible young adults. A group of young men led a PowerPoint presentation and tour of the facility, showing legislators how they build boats, catch crabs, go to school, swim, weld and develop leadership skills that help to change the trajectories of their lives.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the group participated in a legislator roundtable where they reviewed and reflected on the information they had obtained over the previous few days.

Meeting Agenda and Online Resources

Sunday, June 14

Dinner and Welcome Reception

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Welcome: Anne Teigen, NCSL

Charleston Welcome: Senator Michael Fair

MacArthur Foundation Welcome: Soledad McGrath


South Carolina Juvenile Justice Reforms Resources


  • Sylvia Murray, director of South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice


  • Senator Michael Fair, chairman of Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, S.C.
  • JJ Gentry, staff attorney for Senate Judiciary Committee, S.C.

Juvenile Mental Health: Policy Reforms and Trends



  • Sarah Brown, NCSL


  • Dr. Robert Kinscherff, William James College, Senior Associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
  • Representative Diane Larson, North Dakota

Site Visit AMI-Kids, Beaufort, SC


Speaker on bus

  • OB Stander, president and CEO of AMI-Kids
  • Heyword Golden, vice president of Operations AMI-Kids

Host and Guide

  • Steven Crisp, executive director, AMI-Kids Beaufort, S.C.
  • James W. Boozer, chairman of the Board, AMI-Kids, Beaufort, S.C.

Questions and Wrapup

  • Anne Teigen, NCSL


Tuesday, June 16
Session Resources

Role of Defense Council and Indigent Defense



  • Anne Teigen, NCSL



  • Patricia Puritz, National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Representative Pete Lee, Colorado

Legislator State Planning Round Table



  • Sarah Brown, Anne Teigen, NCSL