Catching up with Science: A Forum on Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System

A forum co-hosted by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research & Evaluation Center.

Video highlights

July 15, 2015

Justice-involved young adults in the transition between adolescence and fully mature adulthood have been increasingly recognized as a unique population in need of special policies, programs and practices to reduce their incarceration and collateral system consequences and improve their outcomes.

Read an Op-Ed on Young Adult Justice by Jeffrey Butts and John Roman

In Catching up with Science, national and local experts, including Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, will discuss why this is a population in need of special attention, what New York City’s courts, prosecutors, police, jails, probation, and child welfare systems are doing to meet the needs of the City’s young adults, and what the future can and should bring to reduce unnecessary incarceration and improve public safety and outcomes for this transition-aged population.

The forum will feature remarks from leaders in many fields — government, academia, young adult advocacy, and social services — discussing what works in meeting the needs of New York City’s justice-involved young adults.


9:00 – 9:10   Welcome and Introduction of Keynote

Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

9:10 – 9:25   Opening Remarks and Keynote

Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

9:25 – 10:15   Panel I: Why this Population?

Hernan Carvente, Program Analyst, Vera Institute of Justice

Jeffrey Butts, Director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Glenn Martin, Founder and Chief Risk Taker, JustLeadershipUSA;
Dr. Frank Tedeschi, Medical Director of Psychiatry, Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service.

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10:15 – 11:30   Panel II: What is Happening Now?

Greg Berman, Executive Director, Center for Court Innovation.

Gladys Carrion, Administration for Children’s Services;
Ralph DiFiore, Associate Commissioner, Adult Operations, NYC Dept. of Probation;
Renee Gregory, First Assistant District Attorney, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office;
Susan Herman, Deputy Commissioner, NYPD;
Lawrence K. Marks, First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Office of Court Administration;
Nitin Savur, Executive Assistant District Attorney for Strategic Initiatives, New York District Attorney’s Office;
Winette Saunders-Halyard, Deputy Commissioner, Youthful Offender Programming, NYC Dept. of Correction.


11:30 – 12:00   Break and Lunch

12:00 – 1:00   Panel III: What is Possible?

Dana Kaplan, Program Director, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Rev. Ruben Austria, Executive Director, Community Connections for Youth;
Chet Hewitt, President of the Sierra Health Foundation;
Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.