UTEC’s CEO Gregg Croteau was among a group of state leaders to travel to Germany to study their criminal justice system for young adults as part of a 20-member delegation of state leaders. The educational trip was organized by Columbia Justice Lab‘s Emerging Adult Project, led by Lael Chester and Vinny Schiraldi, and funded through the generous support of a private foundation.

The Justice Lab then hosted a briefing on the trip to Germany at Boston Bar Association. The event featured a panel discussion with trip participants, including Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula Carey, Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes, and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins.

Read more on the Lowell Sun News article that highlighted the involvement of District Attorney Marian Ryan, Representative Sheila Harrington, and UTEC’s Gregg Croteau.

During the Boston Bar Association conversation, UTEC CEO Gregg Croteau mentioned, “It was clear that rehabilitation is really the number one issue in their youth prison. This premise, that is actually a major focus of their penal law, really justifies their approach and investment in educational and workforce programming behind the walls … If we can keep this group engaged during this critical time period, even if there’s bumps along the way, we can keep them out of incarceration and focused on their next positive steps.”

The recently passed criminal justice legislation also calls for a young adult justice task force that is charged with studying the treatment and impact of individual ages 18-24  in the court and correctional systems.  Many leaders participating in the Germany trip will be involved in this task force as well as the state continues to explore possibilities.

Thank you again to the Columbia Justice Lab for offering this opportunity to build our understanding of innovative approaches for best serving young adults who are involved in the justice system.

Interested in learning more about the European approach on emerging adult justice? Catch the State House News Service article written by Katie Lannan.

 

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Source: Lowell Sun