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Policy opportunities for handling juvenile criminal justice records

While the juvenile justice system has recently undergone a wave of progressive reforms focused on creating pathways to re-entry, there remains an uneven treatment of juvenile records that makes it difficult for returning youth to rebound from their involvement with the justice system. State policies that govern the public access and permanency of a child’s criminal history well into adulthood are diverse and leave loopholes that hinder their educational and employment prospects, as well as their ability to reintegrate successfully into society.

On March 20, the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings will convene a panel of experts to assess the state of play on juvenile criminal justice records policy. These experts will examine how policies surrounding the confidentiality and retention of records have deviated from both their historical domestic principles and from international norms rooted in rehabilitative justice. The panel will also debate which remedies can yield the most effective safeguards to protect both children’s welfare and public safety.

Following the conversation, speakers will take questions from the audience. This event will be webcast live.





Seema Gajwani

Special Counsel for Juvenile Justice Reform - Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Joy Radice

Associate Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Programs - The University of Tennessee College of Law

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