Child Policy Director Presents on Juvenile Justice for ACLU Series
Child Policy Director Gabriella Celeste, JD, presented “Arrested Futures: The Growing Criminalization of Children” on July 24 as part of the ACLU of Ohio Brown Bag Lecture Series. While the number of incarcerated youth has declined, the United States remains the largest incarcerator of children in the industrialized world. Celeste’s talk explored the highly punitive policies and laws, including school exclusionary practices and limiting opportunities for positive adolescent development, that often criminalize youth behavior and current efforts to decrease criminalization. Attendees also took a pre-talk “quiz”
to challenge assumptions and misinformation about youth violence, the juvenile justice system and healthy child development.