Courts and Reform at Juvenile Justice Agencies

Courts and Reform at Juvenile Justice Agencies

It's been a summer of mixed messages about juvenile crime in the District. We examine the stakes, and trace the 25 year history of the reform effort.

The District's getting mixed messages this summer about its efforts to combat juvenile crime. A new report by a court-appointed monitor credits the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) with a "remarkable" turnaround in how it educates youths in detention. But high-profile crimes continue to fuel public anger towards DYRS and broader reforms. We examine the stakes, and explore why a 25-year old court case still influences the process.

Guests

Marc Schindler

Interim Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), District of Columbia

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