Public radio station WFAE welcomed Council Executive Director Bob Simmons, District Court Judge Elizabeth Trosch, and Asst. Public Defender Mujtaba Mohammed to the Charlotte Talks studios this morning for a program focusing on juvenile justice issues and reform.
Fifty years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling gave juveniles in the court system the same due process privileges as adults, there are still questions about how to treat juveniles in the courts.
Today, May 15, marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirms the right to counsel and due process for children, In re Gault. But fifty years after this landmark ruling gave juveniles in the court system the same due process privileges as adults, there are still questions about how to treat juveniles in the courts. On this anniversary date, and as North Carolina considers raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction this week, Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins and his guests looked back at Gault, and discuss current issues facing young people in our communities, including Raise the Age legislation now before the NC General Assembly.
If you missed the broadcast, you can stream the program now online here.