Electronic Surveillance of Youth: Undermining the Rehabilitative Ideal

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Ave Room 2001
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please join us Wednesday November 1 for the Criminal Justice RAP Group meeting in Room 2001 of the Cathedral of Learning from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Joining us will be Chaz Arnett with his presentation

"Electronic Surveillance of Youth: Undermining the Rehabilitative Ideal"

This presentation will seek to draw attention to and generate discussion on the ways in which advancing technologies are deployed in the criminal justice system. Specifically, it will examine the use of electronic surveillance technology by juvenile courts to monitor youthful offenders. The presenter will explore the juvenile court's accountability crisis, resulting from the severe disjuncture between its founding principle centered on the "rehabilitative ideal," where minors would be rehabilitated versus punished, and its actual treatment of youth. It will highlight electronic surveillance of youth as overly punitive and harmful for adolescent development, and seemingly at odds with the rehabilitative aims of juvenile justice. The presenter will argue that this troubling practice of electronically monitoring youth occurs because its impact is mainly dealt upon youth of color from communities that have been marginalized from input into the processes of the juvenile justice system. It will conclude that this continued practice reveals exclusion from both the protection of childhood innocence and the benefits of true rehabilitation; a problem of which can only be resolved through greater input and control by the communities most impacted.