Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service
Elise White is deputy project director at the Center for Court Innovation’s Midtown Community Court, the country’s first community court. In this capacity, Ms. White directs the court’s clinical operations, including its prostitution and adolescent diversion programming, as well as its research and strategic planning projects. Prior to this position, Ms. White was the director of youth and community justice at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where she oversaw court, clinical, and program operations for youth 21 and under, as well as new initiatives for young people and the community at large. Before coming to the Center in 2007, she ran youth violence prevention and conflict resolution programming in New York City, and programming for disconnected youth in the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Juvenile Justice Issues: New York’s Response to Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
The Juvenile Justice system in New York and most major cities in the U.S. pose a host of complex questions and challenges for practitioners, policy makers and advocates alike. A sprawling, complex web of state and local agencies charged with tasks as varied as diversion, mental health care, social service provision, family intervention, secure detention and incarceration and community reentry. In recent years, juvenile justice system practitioners and policymakers have increasingly acknowledged that overly punitive responses to juvenile crime and delinquency are costly, do little to increase public safety, and, worse, are ineffective rehabilitation strategies that often put youth on paths to life-long involvement in the criminal justice system. This course examines a wide range of juvenile justice issues and solutions, and their impact on youth and families, with a particular focus on the New York City juvenile justice system.