DC: Join SLS for a Book Talk on the Juvenile Justice System

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In 2003, when Terrence Graham was sixteen, he and three other teens attempted to rob a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Though they left with no money, and no one was seriously injured, Terrence was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in that crime.

As shocking as Terrence’s sentence sounds, it is merely a symptom of contemporary American juvenile justice practices. In the United States, adolescents are routinely transferred out of juvenile court and into adult criminal court without any judicial oversight. Once in adult court, children can be sentenced without regard for their youth. Juveniles are housed in adult correctional facilities, they may be held in solitary confinement, and they experience the highest rates of sexual and physical assault among inmates. Until 2005, children convicted in America’s courts were subject to the death penalty; today, they still may be sentenced to die in prison-no matter what efforts they make to rehabilitate themselves. America has waged a war on kids.

Professor Cara Drinan, JD ’02, will explain how this war emerged as a subplot of mass incarceration and how we can correct course going forward. Find Professor Drinan’s book on Oxford or Amazon. Registration is complimentary and will include light refreshments. Guests are welcome. Kindly respond by Thursday, April 12.

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