In an effort to raise aware­ness of this issue, a group of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents held an event on April 17 titled “Jour­nalism & Juve­nile Jus­tice: How Your Sen­tences Affect Theirs,” a panel dis­cus­sion that explored the role the media plays in juve­nile sen­tencing reform. It fea­tured sev­eral promi­nent speakers, including former gov­ernor Michael Dukakis; crime pro­fessor James Alan Fox; com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­fessor Sarah J. Jackson; Gail Garinger, the child advo­cate for the state of Mass­a­chu­setts; juve­nile court judge Leslie E. Harris; and Joshua Dohan, director of the youth advo­cacy divi­sion of the Mass­a­chu­setts Com­mittee for Public Counsel Services.

The stu­dents respon­sible for orga­nizing the event were Nicholas Fei, Kaitlyn Rhodes, Paula Chris­tovich, Chris Corey, Hilary Gabso, and Kristin Minish. North­eastern jour­nalism pro­fessor Dan Kennedy mod­er­ated the discussion.

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