Breaking the mold – juvenile justice takes new form
Two big movements — the efforts to improve the juvenile justice system and to expand access to the arts and arts education — are coming together in Southern California, where the Los Angeles County Probation Department has dedicated $1 million to support the arts for system-involved youths. Officials say their "L.A. Model" will prioritize restorative justice and rehabilitation over the more rigid, traditional idea of corrections.
Why do supporters believe this model will work? How do arts help young people in the juvenile justice system — and afterward? Audiences joined the conversation with arts education reporter Carla Javier and a panel of experts at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena on Thursday, March 22.
Fabian Debora – community connection director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
Kim McGill – organizer with Youth Justice Coalition
Dave Mitchell – deputy director, L.A. County Probation Department of Residential Treatment Services Bureau
Community questions with the panel of experts ahead of the event.