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- Shay Bilchik Founder and Director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute; former Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention(OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice
- Robert Pierre Washington Post reporter
- Liz Ryan President & Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Youth Justice
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