Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “Juvenile Justice Reform in the Modern Era.”  The hearing will examine current practices in the juvenile justice system, different approaches states are using to address juvenile contact with the criminal justice system, and ways to prevent crime among youth.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Mr. Joe Vignati, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Mr. Devon McDonald, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
  • Mr. Jim Saint Germain, Co-Founder, Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Ms. Liz Ryan, President & CEO, Youth First

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Our children are our nation’s future and we must take steps to reduce crime among youth. It is in our country’s interest to see juvenile offenders leave behind a life of criminality and become productive citizens. It’s important for states and communities to develop and implement effective prevention and intervention programs to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds justice-involved youth appropriately accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of youth and their families. This week, the Crime Subcommittee will examine how states are working to reduce crime among youth and what role the federal government can play in complementing their efforts.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov.  Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.