Mamadou Jawo

Legal and Judicial Activism

2018

Juvenile Justice System – A Shift Towards Positive Accountability aims to influence the decision-making of judges in the juvenile justice system in Madison, Wisconsin when handing out verdicts to juvenile delinquents. The aim of this blueprint is to highlight and provide support in favor of a comprehensive juvenile justice system that turns its direction to holding delinquents accountable in a positive manner. This will be accomplished by creating a direct pipeline program with the juvenile courts and community organizations. By creating this pipeline, it will allow judges to best utilize alternative sentencing. This blueprint advocates for judges to court-order youthful offenders to complete community service instead of formally bringing them into the justice system through detention centers or house arrests. This form of accountability allows for the juvenile delinquent ‘pay’ for their crimes and still benefit the entire community.