Published on: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Each spring over the last three years the Community Justice Project of the Interprofessional Center at the Univeristy of St. Thomas has brought together community leaders to discuss juvenile justice. This year's symposium will be held on March 24 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis. The focus of this year’s symposium is discovering solutions for dismantling the pipeline to prison through the exploration of preventative measures, early intervention strategies and rehabilitation techniques
The symposium is sharply focused by the fact reported by the Children’s Defense Fund Report “America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline” that “Nationally, 1 in 3 Black and 1 in 6 Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of imprisonment during their lifetime. This is America's pipeline to prison — a trajectory that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment and often premature death.”
Students organizing the symposium will build on the work they have been doing this fall, which included evaluating the gang database in St. Paul, engaging in legislative advocacy related to juvenile justice reform and developing an innovative intervention/ reentry program model.