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Youths In Juvenile Justice System To Share Their Stories May 10
Released: May 6, 2005

Release #05034
Beth Krane, Media Relations
(860) 486-4656


STORRS, Conn .— Juvenile justice reforms, services for girls, the disproportionate number of minority youths in the system and the most effective ways to change delinquent adolescent behavior are among the topics to be discussed during the second annual Juvenile Justice Conference at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday, May 10.

The Connecticut Judicial Branch, the state Department of Children and Families, UConn’s School of Family Studies and the School of Family Studies Alumni Society are sponsoring the Leading Change: Rethinking Juvenile Justice conference, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lewis B. Rome Commons Ballroom on the University’s main campus in Storrs. The event is expected to bring together as many as 500 service providers, parents, youths, advocates and researchers from around the state.

The keynote address will be delivered at 9:30 a.m. by Joe Cocozza, director of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The center promotes the awareness of the mental health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system and helps develop policies and programs based on the best available research and practices.

A highlight of the conference will be the “Kids Speak Out” session at 1 p.m., which will feature a panel of teens currently involved in different parts of the juvenile justice system, from the courts and residential treatment centers to in-home therapy programs and community juvenile review boards. The teens will tell their personal stories and share feedback on which interventions they have found most helpful.

Conference Agenda

8 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking and Youth Choir

8:45 a.m. Welcome:
Dean Charles Super, UConn School of Family Studies
The Honorable Michael Mack, Deputy Chief Court Administrator, Judicial Branch  
Darlene Dunbar, Commissioner, DCF
William H. Carbone, Executive Director, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), Judicial Branch
Donald DeVore, Director of Juvenile Services, DCF

9:15 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet Williams, Connecticut Center for Effective Practice

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Joe Cocozza, Director, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

10:45 a.m. Workshops

12:15 p.m. Lunch Buffet

1 p.m.   Kids Speak Out

2 p.m. Workshops

3:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Conference Evaluation

Workshops will be held in the Rome Commons Ballroom and the Merlin D. Bishop Center.

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