Unlocking the Door: Better Outcomes for Youth through Alternatives to Detention
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6/29/2020
When: Monday, June 29, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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MCLE Accreditation
NE MCLE #195254.  1.5 CLE Hours (Distance Learning)
**Qualifies for 1.5 Hours Juvenile GAL Hours

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Registration Fees
$50.00 – All registrations
Free – Law students

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The idea that detention will teach youth a lesson and force them to behave has proven to be a dismal failure, particularly for youth of color. The mantra that being “tough on crime” leads to safer communities and lower recidivism rates has been proven false in the juvenile world.  In fact recidivism rates actually increased under this heavy handed philosophy.  Now both metropolitan and rural communities across the nation have thrown out the ‘keys’ and opened the door to new strategies that provide safer communities through alternatives to detention that engage youth, families and community partners.  Research continues to show that viewing accountability through a different lens is leading to better outcomes for youth and the communities in which they live.  Join us for a discussion on:

  1. the role attorney’s play in this proven philosophy;
  2. how you can connect to efforts already underway in Nebraska; and
  3.  tools you can use in your practice.

Dennis Marks, Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office
Dennis Marks has been with the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office for over 20 years. He is currently a Deputy Sarpy County Public Defender.

MaryPat Coe, Nebraska Court Improvement Project
MaryPat Coe has been a Project Specialist for the Nebraska Court Improvement Project since January of 2019. Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney in Nebraska and has also worked as a Child Support Enforcement Attorney and Lead Program Specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Monica Miles-Steffens, Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation
Monica Miles-Steffens is currently the Director of Court Services in the Juvenile Division for the Nebraska Administrative Office of Courts and Probation. In this position she is responsible for the implementation of a continuum of evidence-based programs and services aimed at rehabilitation and restorative justice. Her career also includes direct care work in juvenile detention; overseeing state and federal grant funding for youth and victim services; grant writing, management, and training; community and strategic planning; facilitating state level juvenile justice coalitions; and implementation of evidence based initiatives such as the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

Michele Lueders, Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation
Michele Lueders began her professional career working for Cedars Youth Services before starting at the Department of Heath and Human Services as a Children and Family Service Worker.  She continued to work for DHHS for almost 10 years until she made a career change to the Administrative Offices of Probation.  She currently works specifically within the Administrative Office of Probation, Juvenile Services to help develop potential legislation, policies and trainings, to ensure the youth in the State of Nebraska are served effectively and appropriately.