Kids are Different:  Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit:  Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network

November 1-4, 2011
Orlando, Florida

 Day 1 |Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 |

**All handouts are in pdf format

Tuesday, November 1

 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Registration, Reception

 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner and Program
Program previewed the days ahead, and welcomed participants under NCSL's partnership project with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Welcome:  Sarah Hammond, NCSL, Colorado

Speaker:  Leticia M. Diaz, Dean and Professor of Law, Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Florida

Wednesday, November 2

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Models for Change/Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN)
This program gave an overview of the Action Network model, highlighting JIDAN related efforts; and gave a brief national context of the Models for Change initiative.

Moderator:  Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speaker:

  •  Rey Banks, Senior Policy & Communications Director, National Juvenile Defender Center, Washington, D.C.

9:15 am - 11:45 am

Site Visit to Pace Center for Girls, Orange County
Pace is a Florida-based non-profit prevention program for at-risk adolescent girls. The program provides comprehensive gender-responsive prevention services that integrate social services, education and career services in an individualized manner. Pace is recognized as the most effective program in the nation for keeping adolescent girls out of the juvenile justice system. 

Handout:  Gender Program Statute

On the way to Pace, Dr. Adele Solazzo highlighted the juvenile justice system in Florida, noting its history, her experience as a Licensed Psychologist for the Behavior Evaluation Program/Girls Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit and explaining the distinct differences in needs and programming for girls v. boys

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Luncheon Program:  Innovative Justice Reforms (Powerpoint Presentation)

Moderator:  Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Keynote Speaker: 

  • David Utter, Legislative Director, Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm  

Role of the Defense Counsel (Handouts:  JJC White Paper, JJC One Pager)
This session focused on the creation of the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) and the current role and work of JIDAN in Florida and the development of defender units in other states. It included discussion of local juvenile justice practices in the state before the reforms of the JJC and JIDAN.

Moderator:  Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speakers:

  • Rey Banks, Senior Policy & Communications Director, National Juvenile Defender Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Gerard M. Glynn, Director of In-House Clinical Programs, Juvenile Justice Center, Barry University School of Law, Florida JIDAN Team Leader, Florida
  • Josh Dohan, Director, Youth Advocacy Department, Massachusetts JIDAN Team Leader, Massachusetts

4:00 pm - 5:10 pm  

Quality and Access to Counsel (Handouts: Meaningful Consultation Pilot Project, Meaningful Supreme Court Opinion, Louisiana Delinquence Standards - 9/11) 
This session highlighted and explored the early appointment of counsel, including indigence standards and discussed the creation of Meaningful Opportunity Legislation, pilot projects and the Collateral Consequences Checklist.

Moderator:   Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speakers:

  • Rhonda McKitten, Director of Training, Juvenile Unit., Defender Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania JIDAN, Pennsylvania
  • Carrie Lee, Director, Juvenile Justice Center, Barry University School of Law, Florida JIDAN, Florida
  • Marie Osborne, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office, Florida JIDAN, Florida

 

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  

Questions and Wrap Up

Moderator:  Sarah Hammond, NCSL, Colorado 

Thursday, November 3

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Competency:  Policy Implications (Handouts:  Mr. Yeannakis' Powerpoint Presentation, CA AB2212 Analysis, Amended California Rules of Court, rule 5.645)
This session discussed the lack of competency statutes in the states and their importance and success in California. It also discussed the MacArthur Foundation’s Curriculum on Competence and Adolescent Development and the JJC role in education/training attorneys.

Moderator: Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Randy Otto, Psychologist, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida, Florida
  • Arthur Bowie, Supervising Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender, County of Sacramento, California JIDAN Team Member, California
  • George Yeannakis, Special Counsel, TeamChild, Washington State JIDAN Team Member, Washington
  • Maria Schneider, Assistant State Attorney in Charge, Juvenile Division, Broward County State Attorney, Florida

11:00 am - 12:15 am

Children Are Different: The Importance in Policy and Practice (Handouts:  Ms. Larson's Powerpoint Presentation, Juvenile Competence Legislative Guide)
This session discussed the vast difference between adults and juveniles - in age and gender in early intervention, and highlighted the kind of representation needed for children in the juvenile justice system. The session also explored the current state of the economy and strategies for legislators to measure cost effective investments in juvenile justice systems in their states.

Moderator: Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speakers:

  • Kim Larson, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School/National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP), Massachusetts
  • Angela Vigil, Partner/Director of Pro Bono and Community Service, North America, Baker & McKenzie, Florida JIDAN, Florida
  • Senator Annazette Collins, Illinois

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Luncheon Program: Shackling Juveniles (Powerpoint Presentation)

Moderator:   Katherine Puzone, Assistant Professor of Law, Children and Families Clinic, Florida

Speakers:

  • Marie Osborne, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office, Florida JIDAN, Florida
  • Rob Mason, Juvenile Director, Office of the Public Defender, 4th Duval, Florida JIDAN, Florida

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Individual State Planning
Legislators met to develop priorities for action and to assign specific tasks on juvenile justice reforms they can undertake in their states.

Moderator:   Sarah Hammond, NCSL, Colorado
 

Friday, November 4

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Breakfast and Wrap Up 
Discussion and reflection on the event. Legislators were asked for their action items developed the previous afternoon. NCSL will identify assistance and information needs that project staff can follow through on in the coming legislative sessions.

Moderator:   Sarah Hammond, NCSL, Colorado