Join us for our Healing Communities Open Community Meeting where we discuss how to eliminate the school to prison pipeline by balancing justice with mercy.
The agenda will include:
JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM - RE-ENTRY
Guest Presenter Southwest Keys Program - Youth Justice Programming
- Stephanie Davis-Williams, Regional Executive Director (Georgia region)
- Erica Harry, LCSW Clinical Regional Executive Director (Georgia Region)
With the current inclination of some elected officials to roll back hard-won juvenile justice reforms over the past three years, it is important that we hear from organizations who are working to help our youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system have better outcomes when they re-enter the community.
Southwest Key believes that kids are best served when they are at home with their families and in their communities, not locked up in institutions. That’s why we use alternative models for our youth justice work. Male and female youth that are involved in the juvenile court system receive structured, rehabilitative programming that holds them accountable for their actions and motivates them to abstain from delinquent behavior while allowing them to remain at home. And because rehabilitating a kid and dropping them back into a broken system is self-defeating, Southwest Key caseworkers partner with a youth’s family to address every area of that young person’s life. That can even extend to helping mom or dad improve their chances at gainful employment, helping them find childcare for a sibling, or reentering society after spending time in a justice system institution. Safety of the community is of utmost importance, so Southwest Key has developed programs to keep track of the progress our clients are making while holding them accountable for their actions.
Time: 12: 30 pm
Place: Central United Methodist Church
Open meeting, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.