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Rep. Khan Serves on BC Panel on Youth in Prison

Location :Boston College  
Date :30-Apr-2013   Tuesday  
Time : 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Type:  Speaking Engagement 

Youth in Prison: The Reality of the System

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 5pm-7pm

Boston College

 

An estimated 500 17-year-olds are sent to adult jails or prisons in Massachusetts every year often for only minor offences.  Once incarcerated, these youths are exposed to older more sophisticated and often more hardened criminals. Youths are more likely to be sexually victimized in a system that offers little in terms of rehabilitation. 

 

This panel, Youth in Prison, brings together an esteemed group of individuals working to improve our system.   T. J. Parsell, filmmaker, author and human rights activist is dedicated to ending sexual violence in prison. His book, Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison, is based on his own victimization as a juvenile in prison and his feature length film of the same name is in development.   His Campaign for Responsible Justice is committed to the fairness and safety of all men, women and children held in U.S. detention.   David Chura, is the author of I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup. He has worked with at-risk teenagers for the past 40 years teaching English and creative writing in community based alternative schools and in a county penitentiary. His writings have appeared in the New York Times as well as other scholarly and literary journals and blogs at kidsinthesystem.wordpress.com. Kay Khan, State Representative, has been representing the people of Newton since 1995.  She is an outspoken advocate for progressive policies for incarcerated individuals.   Francine Sherman, a visiting clinical professor at Boston College Law School will introduce the three speakers and moderate the following Q & A.  Francine has been teaching Juvenile Justice for the past twenty years. She founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project and co-founded and serves as President of the Board of Artistic Noise, Inc., using art to teach and empower teens in the justice system.  Artwork from Artistic Noise will be on display at the event. 

 

These speakers will discuss the realities of the prison system and discuss efforts being implemented to create positive change. The panel will be followed by a Q & A. These author’s books will be available along with refreshments following the event.