The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast with David Onek

Javier Stauring Interview Highlights

Stauring on the Overlap of Incarceration and Victimization in Families:
“The sad reality is that many of the moms who come and visit their kids at juvenile hall on Sundays, the day before they were at the cemetery visiting their other son. Families that are impacted by the experience of incarceration are also overwhelmingly impacted by murder and other forms of victimization.”

Stauring on the Proposed Closure of California’s State Division of Juvenile Justice:
“The ideal situation is to house youth as close to their families, as close to the communities that they will be coming back to, as possible. But we really need to ensure that the counties are capable of rehabilitating and giving services to the youth that would be coming back to the counties.”

Stauring on Trying Juveniles as Adults:
“I don’t think you’ll find any research that says trying kids as adults is a smart thing or an effective thing to do. As much as we can, we should try to keep kids in the juvenile system, where at least in theory the mission is to rehabilitate youth.. When we send them into the adult system, I think we’re giving up on kids.”

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