In the United States 1.5 million juveniles are arrested each year and more than 110,000 are placed within juvenile correctional facilities. Sadly the majority of those juveniles are repeat offenders. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the average recidivism rate for juvenile offenders is 55 percent. In the spirit of the doctrine parens patria (the State as the parent) the State is failing as parents if only half of their youth can make it on their own. No longer is the blame for recidivism placed solely on incarcerated youth. The fault has shifted to the Juvenile Justice system itself, indicating the need for innovative programs to help youth reintegrate into the community. The purpose of this workshop will be to help educators gain a deeper understanding of the impact of exclusionary practices, differences between restorative justice and restorative practices, and the importance of creating a counterspace for marginalized youth.
CASP Members: $70.00
Strand: F, Topic: 4,10,14, Level: II
NASP Domain: 8
Jahmon Gibbs is a school psychologist at N.A. Chaderjian High School and founder of the Extraordinary B.E.A.T., a nonprofit organization designed to demonstrate how your Beliefs, Education, Achievement, and Time comes together to make extraordinary moments. He has an extensive background working with at-risk and incarcerated youth housed within the Department of Juvenile Justice. Gibbs developed a Student Council for high school students and a Youth Advisory Committee for high school graduates, which provides a counterspace for incarcerated youth to develop their interpersonal skills prior to reintegrating into society.