Can the justice system make a positive difference in a family? Can courts promote healthy relationships between parents and children? These New Thinking podcasts give inside views of innovations for youth and families involved in the justice system. Interviews with experts and practitioners on the front-lines of criminal justice research and reform address topics such as: youth courts and restorative justice; immigration and some of the complex familial issues non-citizen survivors of domestic violence face; the Adolescent Diversion Program, an initiative expanding the justice system's options for dealing with 16- and 17-year-old defendants; and the Parent Support Program, which helps non-custodial parents find employment and support their children.
Lacking U.S. Citizenship, Some Survivors of Domestic Violence Face Extra Challenges
Gail Pendelton, co-director of ASISTA, which advises and trains advocates and attorneys who work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, discusses some of the complex issues non-citizen survivors face.
Parent Support Program Helps Repair Parent-Child Relationships
The graduation of seven fathers serves as a jumping off point for Liberty Aldrich, director of the Center for Court Innovation's family and domestic violence programming, to discuss the Kings County Parent Support Program, which links non-custodial parents with needed services to increase child support payments and maintain healthy parent-child relationships.
Improving Youth Programming: The Role of Research
Angela Irvine, director of research in the Criminal Justice Division of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, sat down for this podcast interview after participating in a research roundtable on youth courts that was sponsored by the Center for Court Innovation and the Lowenstein Family Foundation on July 18, 2012. Irvine also discusses research into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender justice-involved youth.
Taking Responsibility: A Conversation on Restorative Justice and Youth
Dr. Mara Schiff, an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, focuses her work on restorative justice, community justice, and juvenile justice. Here, she gives on overview of restorative practices and discusses why a restorative approach can be particularly valuable for youth.
Child or Adult? Adolescent Diversion Program Says 'Child' is Right Answer
Judge Joseph Gubbay, who presides over one of nine pilot sites of the Adolescent Diversion Program, explains how the initiative is expanding the justice system's options for dealing with 16- and 17-year-old defendants, who are currently treated under New York law as adults, even for non-violent offenses.