September 26, 2023
41 Central St. ( Elevator Accessible by side doo
Andover, MA 01810
A Town Hall Conversation with District Attorney Paul Tucker
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
In 2022, Massachusetts had the 11th worst racial disparities in juvenile justice in the country.
Half the children in DYS detention in Massachusetts are “cross-over kids”, going from state child welfare to the juvenile justice system. Black, Latinx, and foster kids accumulate disadvantage at every stage of the criminal legal system. They are more likely to be arrested, not meet bail, not participate in diversion programs, be adjudicated (convicted) and receive more punitive sanctions than white youth. The disadvantage even extends systemically beyond childhood with a juvenile record factoring into adult mandatory minimum sentences.
Are there safer, fairer, more equitable ways to administer juvenile justice? This Town Hall Conversation will focus on the District Attorney’s policies and abilities to do just that What would you want to change if your child had to face the same disadvantages?