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Come on a Walking Tour of Kakaako
President's Message (Barbara Farwell)
Holiday Luncheon
Coast and Hawaii's Future
Voter Education
Ballots Galore!
League in "Confrontation"
Drumming up the Lobbying Corps (Pat Shutt)
Juveniles and the Justice System
Looking for a Part-Time Paying Job?
Energy Hotline
Does the City Planning Commission Plan (Astrid Monson)
Happenings and Honolulu Hale
League Will Be Looking for a New Home
Viewpoint (Arlene Woo)

Juveniles and the Justice System

The program of the League's first General Meeting was compelling for everyone present because we're all concerned about juvenile crime. How are juveniles handled once they enter the justice system? Is there room for reform in the system? What is the purpose of the Youth Correctional Facility? Rehabilitation? Punishment? Separation?

These questions were addressed, if not answered, at the Oct. 16 meeting attended by over 40 persons (not 75 as reported in the Advertiser). Those who couldn't, or forgot, to go missed a stimulating and informative morning.

Mark Oly, an analyst for the State Law Enforcement Planning Agency (SLEPA) talked about the Youth Correctional Facility and gave a "profile" of the typical youth at the facility. An interesting point he made was that the female resident was in for different reasons than the male. Most of the girls were basically status offenders committed to protect themselves while the boys were committed to protect society.

Dr. Harry Ball from UH's Sociology Department questioned whether the system was moving from protecting youth to punishing them. He commented on recent legislation in this direction. Herbert Lee of the Family Court's Children and Youth Services addressed his role in the system: Insuring due process and speedy disposition. Dr. W.R. Cozins, director of the Salvation Army's Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Youth, focused on the diversity of problems and the necessity for a variety of approaches. Marjorie Kalilikane, LWV member, moderated the panel.

It was a terrific meeting, a most informative two hours. You should have been there!

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