Hosted by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

October 17, 2016


We invite you to watch via livestream what we expect to be a meaningful and transformational discussion with a panel of leading experts on the issue of community-based models for juvenile justice on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 10:00-12:00 Eastern Time.

Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice, will present a new report they co-authored (with Miriam Shark) as part of the Executive Session on Community Corrections. The Executive Session is a joint project of the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and the National Institute of Justice.

The paper reviews recent research in developmental psychology and widespread reports of abuse to conclude that the youth prison model should be replaced with a continuum of community-based programs, and small homelike facilities that prioritize age-appropriate rehabilitation.  A panel of experts will discuss and respond to the ideas put forward in the paper.


  • Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Vincent N. Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management


  • Da’Quon Beaver, RISE for Youth
  • Phyllis Becker, Director, Missouri Division of Youth Services
  • Dr. J. Nadine Gracia (Moderator), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kristin Henning, Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Georgetown University
  • Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Liz Ryan, President and CEO, Youth First
  • Tracey Wells-Huggins, Associate Director, Justice for Families
  • Dr. Jennifer Woolard, Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Graduate Program in Developmental Science, Georgetown University


The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.