The Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice will host Chicago’s only pre-release screening of a new documentary on state-level juvenile justice—followed by an expert panel with the film’s director discussing juvenile justice reform in Illinois and throughout the country.
The special screening of “Kids for Cash” takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, at Chicago’s ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 1011 South Delano Court East. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the film at 5 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP but seats are limited. Get details and RSVP.
- Theatrical trailer: "Kids for Cash"
- The Hollywood Reporter: Robert May's documentary chronicles the horrifying juvenile court scandal involving two corrupt Pennsylvania judges.
- Variety: Robert May's deeply shocking, continually surprising documentary examines the kickback scandal surrounding juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella.
One of only eight pilot screenings across the United States prior to the film's February theatrical, the Chicago screening is hosted by the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, and sponsored by Active Voice, SenArt Films and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Following the film at next week’s event, director and producer Robert May--producer of "The Fog of War," "Stevie" and "The Station Agent"--joins Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, on a panel discussing the film as well as state-based juvenile justice reform and advocacy in Illinois and throughout the country.
Moderated by Elena Quintana, Ph.D., executive director of the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, the panel will also feature:
- Julie Biehl, Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Law School;
- Amanda Klonsky, Student Transition Coordinator, Office of Education Options, Chicago Public Schools; and
- Angela Sedeno, Family Services Program Director, Isaac Ray Center, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of mental health services for the juvenile justice system.
The documentary and the Pennsylvania case raise key issues that the panelists will examine, including youths’ right to counsel, the long-term and life-altering consequences of having a juvenile record, the problems with “zero-tolerance” discipline policies, trauma caused to youth and their families, huge financial costs to families and taxpayers, and inappropriate overuse of the juvenile justice system.
Quintana, a community/clinical psychologist consulted locally and nationally for her work with juvenile justice, trauma-informed care, and socially just violence prevention, said, “We as a country continue to bring hundreds of thousands of youth into the juvenile justice system for minor offenses—even though arresting, detaining, and incarcerating youth is expensive, ineffective, causes everlasting damage to children and their families and has little impact on public safety.
“Beyond the millions paid and the high stakes corruption it exposes, ‘Kids for Cash’ highlights the need for system reform and continued community engagement.”
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