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September 22, 2017

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Kids as Criminals: Dropping `Juvenile` from Juvenile Justice
Last Featured: 8/7/2001

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Overview

Increasingly across the nation young people are being tried as adults when they commit serious crimes and serving hard time in adult prisons. Will treating children as adults deter crime and ensure our safety? Is locking children up for life cruel and unusual punishment? We will begin our look at the issue in Illinois, where juveniles are being tried as adults for selling drugs near schools and public housing. Critics of the law say it jails a population that has the greatest capacity for rehabilitation unfairly targets inner city minorities. Join us as we discuss important questions about the rights of juveniles in the criminal justice system.


Guests
Stephen K. Harper is the Coordinator of the Capital Litigation Unit in the Miami-Dade Public Defenders Office, where he is primarily responsible for the gathering and presentation of mitigation evidence in capital cases. He has been an Assistant Public Defender since 1984 and served as the Chief of the Juvenile Division from 1989 to 1995. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Harper has lectured nationally on a variety of juvenile and capital topics and is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on Juvenile Justice. In March 2000, Harper was a faculty member at the National Legal Aid and Defender Associationís conference on the Death Penalty.

John Delaney, Jr. is a Deputy District Attorney in Philadelphia. In this capacity, Mr. Delaney supervises the Juvenile Division including the Juvenile Court, Habitual Offender, Child Support Enforcement, Juvenile Victim/Witness and Bench Warrant Units as well as the Truancy Prevention Program and Youth Aid Panels. A graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Delaney lectures extensively on juvenile justice issues for the Pennsylvania District Attorneyís Institute and the American Prosecutors Research Institute and serves on Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Childrenís Advocacy Center.

Closing Quote
"Childhood is the one prison from which there is no escape, the one sentence from which there is no appeal. We all serve our time."

— P. D. James

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