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St. Kate's professor invited to speak on juvenile justice reform

Nancy Heitzeg, Ph.D., will serve as a panelist at a symposium on juvenile justice in New York City.
Nancy Heitzeg, Ph.D., will serve as a panelist at a symposium on juvenile justice in New York City.
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Professor Nancy Heitzeg, Ph.D., chair of sociology and co-chair of critical studies of race and ethnicity at St. Kate's, has been invited to serve on a panel in a symposium at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY) in April.

Entitled "Kids Behind Bars: Where’s the Justice in America’s Juvenile Justice System? Covering the Juvenile Justice Reform Debate in 2012,” the symposium will take place at John Jay College (CUNY), in New York City.

The symposium, which will run Monday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 24, will bring together 30 of America’s leading juvenile justice journalists and editors as well as juvenile justice practitioners, scholars, legal authorities, public officials, NGO executives and ex-juvenile offenders for candid discussions on juvenile justice policy, data-based best practices, and current reform initiatives. It will include briefings and roundtable dialogues on juvenile justice law and policy, and their impact on troubled youth.

Heitzeg was chosen as a panelist based on her study, "Education or Incarceration: Zero Tolerance Policies and the School to Prison Pipeline." She will participate in a panel entitled, "The school-to-prison pipeline: The Role of Police, Courts and schools (and parents)" on Tuesday, April 24 , from 10:15-11:45 a.m., in room L-61, at John Jay College, 524 West 59th St.,  in Manhattan.

Among other invited speakers and panelists are  Gladys Carrion, Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Vincent Schiraldi, Commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections and Marc Levin of the Texas Policy Foundation.

The symposium aims to further the ongoing public policy debate about juvenile incarceration, legal rights, cognitive development and other issues surrounding juvenile justice, while at the same time serving as an impetus for in-depth, well-researched journalism on these issues. The symposium is supported by the Tow Foundation, which funds projects intended to bring reform and benefits to underserved populations.

About The Center on Media, Crime and Justice 

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) since 2006, is the nation's only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society in the 21st-century.

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April 12, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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