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Symposium to address juvenile justice issues through documentary, discussion

“The Prison Pipeline: The Criminalization of America’s Children,” a campus-wide symposium coordinated by two of the participating partners in the Child and Family Policy Initiative, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will address juvenile justice issues. The symposium will be held on Nov. 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Student Learning Center.

The symposium will include the screening of selected scenes from The Intolerable Burden, which tells the story of Mae Bertha Carter’s decision to send the youngest eight of her 13 children to the previously all-white high school in Drew, Miss., in 1964. The film, produced by Connie Curry, uses the experiences of Carter’s children to explore what has occurred in many public schools since desegregation laws were passed.

Following the film, a panel discussion will feature UGA faculty and practitioners who work in the field of juvenile delinquency. Among those speaking will be Ed Risler, associate professor in the School of Social Work; Leslie Simons, assistant professor in the FACS department of child and family development; Ron Simons, research professor in department of sociology; and Sharon Hill, executive director of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.