Professional Learning Center

Court Involved Youth Initiative


Understanding the Criminal & Juvenile Justice System

Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901


Understanding the Criminal/Juvenile Justice System is an introductory training on how to navigate the criminal/juvenile system when working with youth facing criminal charges or returning home from detention/incarceration. The training is for service providers, both clinical and non-clinical staff. Upon completion of the training, participants will have reviewed the history of the criminal system in New York City as it relates to youth, current laws, court process and terminology.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to understand:

  • The purpose of the Juvenile Justice System
  • The Juvenile Justice System under New York Law
  • The history of the Juvenile Justice System
  • The New York Juvenile Justice Process

Workshop Leader:

Rukia Lumumba is a justice strategist and legal advocate with over 15 years of experience developing programs for youth with criminal and juvenile involvement. She has served as Director of Youth Programs at CASES and the Center for Community Alternatives where she focused on issues of the juvenile system and service transformation. She clerked for the Washington, DC Public Defender Service where she represented children against staff abuse and inhumane living conditions within juvenile facilities. Most recently, she served on the Steering Committee of SheWillBe, the New York City Council Young Women's Initiative. She has a law degree from Howard University School of Law and she currently consults with government and non-governmental organizations to improve their juvenile systems.


This is a beginners training for service providers including clinical and non-clinical staff that work with youth that have criminal or juvenile involvement.

**We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
demand for the workshop/meeting.**