Empowering Futures: A Framework for Positive Youth Justice Strategy

2024 Partners for Justice Conference (2)

Empowering Futures: A Framework for Positive Youth Justice Strategy

Room 348: 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Over the past decade, significant strides have been made in progressive law within the realm of youth justice. Notably, in 2016, the Supreme Court ruled against mandatory life without parole sentences for youth, marking a pivotal moment in legal history. Our session aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these transformative legal changes affecting youth. We will discuss briefly the practical implementation of these laws, shedding light on their implications, side effects, and the victories or setbacks associated with their enforcement.

Moreover, we will assess the current state of youth justice, delving into the challenges faced by young individuals in communities, education, and the legal justice system, and particularly following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Highlighting the 2024 session, we will explore any noteworthy updates and share insights into ongoing efforts focused on progressive policy development. Join us as we analyze the dynamic landscape of youth justice, reflecting on the past, evaluating the present, and envisioning a future shaped by forward-thinking policies.



Moderator: Dave Pantzer, Maryland Legal Services Corporation