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2019 Student Impact Summit Panel: Juvenile Justice Reform: Restitution Reconsidered

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Juvenile Justice advocates are taking a hard look at restitution laws. It is a complicated issue because, though restitution may compensate victims for their losses, it may also sabotage the future of justice involved youth. Even more problematic, ordering a youth to pay significant restitution may deepen the unequal treatment between children who have grown up with adequate resources and children who have grown up in poverty. This panel will debate the appropriate balance between accountability, compensation, and compassion, as they explore Maine’s current juvenile restitution statutes from various perspectives.
Participants included: Christopher Northrop, Clinical Professor and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic with Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic; Whitney Lallas ’19; Reggie Parson ’19; Assistant District Attorney Christine Thibeault; and a System-Involved Youth.
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