Clemintina Cabral

2006 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2006
Graduage Degree:Suffolk University, School of Management
Undergraduate Degree:University of Massachusetts, Boston
Areas of interest:Juvenile justice, domestic violence and crime
Agency:Office of Judge Magistrate Joyce London Alexander
Supervisor:Judge Magistrate Joyce London Alexander
Project Description:Under the direction of U.S. Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander at the District Court of Massachusetts, Tina examined the current punitive treatment of juvenile offenders and identified strategies which promote violence prevention and rehabilitation. Her research approach included interviews with juvenile justice judges, probation officers, extensive reviews of juvenile crimes and punishment, the political climate and leadership, alternatives to incarceration, and public policy. During the summr, Tina discovered that while juvenile court leaders may be sensitive to the unique demands of juvenile offenders; however, they seldom have the opportunity to explore alternatives to policies which impact the treatment of juvenile offenders. She believes that there is a need for policy makers to advocate for more fair and adequate funding of services that nurture the learning capacity and well-being of children. The primary conclusion to draw from her Fellowship is that the failure of policy makers to design and implement progressive and transformational approaches to crime and punishment has diminished the ability of juvenile justice leaders to act in the best interest of the child. Some of the statistical information which was used in her research was drawn from the following document: U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Offenders Programs and Victims: 2006 National Report