On May 23rd, the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office hosted a community conversation on youth violence and the juvenile justice system, called Stop the Violence: Juvenile (In)Justice. The panel featured local juvenile justice practitioners, service providers, and national experts, including Patricia Puritz, the founder and former director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. The evening provided an important opportunity to explore issues that the community is facing with youth violence and the impact that contact with the juvenile justice system has on children. Chris Kleiser, attorney at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, moderated the panel, asking the following questions:
What happens in the juvenile justice system?
How do trauma and violence impact our children?
How do over-arresting and incarcerating children contribute to the violence in our community?
What can we do to keep our kids in school?