Episode 11

11 Youth Justice Awareness Month – Marcy Mistrett Interview

A summons to Action in spreading Awareness about juvenile justice!

Did you know that in the United States, children who commit crimes, whatever their age, start out automatically in the adult criminal justice system, and that most defense attorneys who work with children and youth have no specialist knowledge or training in child and adolescent developmental factors? Did you know that a 12-year-old will be completely cut off from any parental access if they are processed through the adult system?

If you would like to know what really goes on when children and youth come into contact with the American criminal justice system, listen in. You are bound to learn a thing or few that will surprise, and even shock you.

We talk to Marcy Mistrett, CEO at the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington DC, a national advocacy organization committed to ending the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of children and youth in the adult criminal justice system. Every year, in October, CFYJ  promotes Youth Justice Awareness Month. We talk about some of the juvenile justice issues important for public awareness.

For more information on how you can participate and initiate events, even if it’s just in your living room, go to the YJAM website.

Marcy Mistrett

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 1607 mmistrett@cfyj.org

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Marcy started her career in juvenile justice in Chicago in the 1990’s, where she worked on youth transfer issues at the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Clinic, at the Citizen’s Committee on Juvenile Court, and at the Evanston Community Defender Office as a social worker. She returned to the District in 1998 to work in youth development and community organizing. Marcy spent five years working at the national level with the Institute for Community Peace*, where she provided technical assistance and evaluation support to ten communities who were organizing to prevent violence in their communities. At ICP, Marcy also co-designed three national immersion trainings on community solutions to violence prevention. She was appointed to the DC JJAG by Mayor Anthony Williams, was actively involved in the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Safety and Juvenile Justice Reform, and served as a Steering Committee Member of the Justice 4 DC Youth Coalition.

For the past decade, Marcy has been leading education non profits in the District from early childhood through college success. She is excited to join the Campaign for Youth Justice to end the practice of trying, adjudicating and sentencing youth in the adult criminal justice system.

Marcy began as the CEO at the Campaign for Youth Justice in 2014. As CEO, she sets the strategic vision for the organization, provides access to policy holders for those families impacted by harmful transfer policies, ensures a strong governing Board of Directors, manages and develops the staff, and ensures the organization is in good financial standing.