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CFYJ Podcast

The Rundown on Racial Impact Statement Legislation

  • Host: Marcy Mistrett, CEO, Campaign For Youth Justice
  • Guests: Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy at the Sentencing Project
    Wayne Ford, former representative of Iowa’s 65th District.

    In our latest podcast we had the pleasure of interviewing two incredible advocates to learn more about racial impact statement legislation, what it is, it’s impact, and how it could be expanded to better understand the harm associated with proposed legislation.

    Nicole Porter is the Director of Advocacy at the Sentencing Project based in Washington, DC. The Sentencing Project is a national organization founded in 1986 that works toward a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by advocating for sentencing reform, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and promoting alternatives to incarceration. Before joining The Sentencing Project in 2009, Nicole was the Director of the Texas ACLU’s Prison and Jail Accountability Project.

    We are also joined by Wayne Ford, a former representative of Iowa’s 65th District. He is a DC native who moved to Iowa for college. In 1985, he founded a non-profit called Urban Dreams, to serve residents in inner city Des Moines. He was first elected into office in 1996 and served through 2011. He was the tenth African American to serve in Iowa’s House and holds the record for the longest serving African American in Iowa’s legislative history.

    To learn more about racial impact statements, visit the Sentencing Project's website.

Jose Flores: My Experience As A Youth In The Adult System

Jose Flores: My Experience As A Youth In The Adult System
  • Host: David Crosby, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
  • Guest:  This Hispanic Heritage Month, we get to hear the story of Jose Flores. After being incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for almost 13 years, and participating and completing the In-Prison Therapeutic Community program at the Kyle Unit in Kyle, TX, Jose Flores began his journey to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor in the state of Texas. Flores formerly worked as a Youth Justice Policy Analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. In this podcast he shares his experience as a youth in the adult system.

Youth Transfers to Adult Courts with Michael Dammerich

Youth Transfers to Adult Courts with Michael Dammerich

Episode 5: Transfers to Adult Courts

    • Host: Harmeet Kamboj, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
    • Guest: Michael Dammerich, Founding Member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Michael has also assisted in the Campaign to Raise the Age to 18 in Missouri. Michael Dammerich a formerly incarcerated youth who was transferred to adult court at 16, shares his story.

Immigrant Youth and Juvenile Justice With Eddy Zheng

Immigrant Youth and Juvenile Justice With Eddy Zheng

Episode 4: Immigrant Youth 

  • Host: David Crosby, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
  • Guest: Eddy Zheng who became involved in the justice system by getting entangled in the migration to school to prison and deportation pipeline. As an immigrant coming into this country, he was dealing with the trauma of being uprooted from his homeland and facing language barriers, cultural difference, and generation gaps. Eddy has taken these experiences since his release and is now an advocate for youth justice, particularly Asia-Pacific Island youth entangled in the justice system.

Parents Navigating the Juvenile Justice System

Parents Navigating the Juvenile Justice System

Episode 3: Parents Navagting the Youth System

  • Host: Harmeet Kamboj, Campaign For Youth Justice Communication Associate
  • Guest: Michelle Hannemann a mother of an incarcerated youth. Throughout this episode, she shares a parent's perspective on the juvenile justice system. Michelle discusses how her son being transferred to an adult court caused her to lose influence and contact with her son due to his transfer.