“Youth-Community-Juvenile Justice” will be the theme of a panel presentation put on by the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP this Monday night for their 6th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program. The event, to be held at Arcadia University, will feature a town hall meeting and panel discussion “on issues where youth, communities and the criminal justice system intersect and what that intersection looks like,” according to the NAACP announcement.
Topics are expected to include minority juvenile arrest data, school discipline and the placement of school resource officers in schools, decisions regarding school violence and the criminal justice system and the benefits and challenges of community policing.
The panel will be moderated by Montgomery County District Court Judge Christopher Cerski. Participants are: lawyer and community mobilizer Angela Bell; newly appointed Cheltenham Township Deputy Chief of Police John Frye; district director for Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13) Anthony Luker; Cheltenham School District Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille; State Rep. Steve McCarter (PA-154); and Cheltenham African American Alliance President Stacy Williams.
The program will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 in the Commons Great Room of Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd. in Glenside. Collaborators for the event include Arcadia University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network and the Montgomery County Racial Justice Improvement Project.