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PFI Symposium: The Risks and Benefits of Early Intervention with Justice-Involved Youth, 12/6/12

Prevention and early intervention efforts with youthful offenders are often criticized as doing more harm than good. When communities intervene too early in the cycle of youth offending, young people may be drawn into the formal justice system prematurely. More than half the youth referred to justice authorities a first time will stop delinquent behavior on their own, before they are affected by the stigma of justice involvement. When communities place too much emphasis on avoiding the risk of over-intervention, however, they miss the equally important opportunity to work with youth at the earliest stages of delinquency, the very time when they are most likely to respond to services and supports. How can youth justice officials navigate such competing risks? Is there a role for researchers in meeting this challenge?

You are cordially invited to join us at the Fall 2012 Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative Symposium.

Keynote: Michael Little, Ph.D. – Co-Director, The Dartington Research Unit, UK
Mr. Little was trained as a social psychologist and sociologist. He holds professorial positions at the universities of Bath and Exeter and is Visiting Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. He is author of more than 10 books and over 100 other publications on child development and services aimed at reducing social need.

Panel #1: “The Research Base for Early Intervention: What do we know and what do we need to know?”
Janice Johnson Dias, Ph.D. – John Jay College
Lila Kazemian, Ph.D. – John Jay College
Caterina Roman, Ph.D. – Temple University
Shay Bilchik, J.D.  –  Georgetown Univ, former Administrator of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Panel #2: “Can the use of evidence-based programs eliminate the risks of early intervention?”
David Brown – Annie E. Casey Foundation
Evan Elkin, Ph.D. – Vera Instiute of Justice
Sonja Okun – Exalt, New York City

December 6, 2012
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Prisoner Reentry Institute & Research and Evaluation Center
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, Room 9.64
(between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York, New York 10019

• Subway: 1,A,B,C,D to 59th Street or N,R,Q to 57th Street/7th Avenue
• Bus: Take the M57 or M31 to 57th Street/11th Avenue
• Parking: There are several pay parking garages along 59th Street between 9th and 11th Avenues

Questions? pfi@jjay.cuny.edu

Advanced registration is required as space is limited. Please encourage additional guests to register separately.