Juvenile Justice Community Forum Saturday | Events
Released by Smith County Commissioner's Court:
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton and Reverend Leonard Spurling will host a Juvenile Justice Community Forum to empower parents and kids with knowledge of the juvenile system process Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Smith County Courthouse in the Central Jury Room. The forum will also provide ideas and tips about ways to prevent youth from becoming part of the system itself.
“We want to encourage parents, children and church groups to learn about the issues and dangers that the youth of our community are facing today and how to confront, prevent and rise above those obstacles,” Commissioner Hampton said.
The forum will feature discussions with local juvenile attorney Kyntoshia Brown, juvenile probation officer Sabrina Dean, Regional Charter School Superintendent Mike Anderson, Chief Deputy Sheriff Gary Pinkerton, Officer Fabian Arteaga and Tyler Assistant Chief of Police Diannia Jackson.
"I believe that this forum is essential to highlight some of the issues related to juvenile law that affect our community, such as drug usage, gang violence, sexual offenses and so much more. We don't want one of these issues to hit close to home without the parents having some idea of the problems that can affect our children and our community,” guest speaker and juvenile lawyer Kyntoshia Brown said.
The forum will also feature a review of Juvenile Law and the Juvenile Justice System.
“Most kids and parents are not familiar with juvenile law, how the system works and what to potentially do if a child is in the system,” local criminal attorney Clifton Roberson said. “We hope this forum will provide some insight for parents and kids on the short and long term issues.”
The forum is free, open to the public and parents, kids and church and community groups are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information about the forum, please contact Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton at 903-590-4607.