Conference: Legislative Advocacy & the Origins of Murderers

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After lunch, the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference continued with Kim Dvorchak giving an uplifting update on juvenile law legislative changes around the country, focusing on the ability of juvenile defenders to advocate for change in their home states.

Both David Domenici and Kim Dvorchak recommended the National Conference of State Legislatures: Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislature 2001-2011 as a resource for the juvenile defenders attending.

Currently Professor David Dow of the University of Houston Law Center is describing the life of a real death row inmate to illustrate how murderers become murderers essentially by their life circumstances as children, which are quite often shockingly abusive.  The room is silent, hanging on Professor Dow’s story.  Everyone would love to stop murder before it happens by changing the circumstances of our most vulnerable and abused children.

A Link Between the Death Penalty and Juvenile Justice

http://www.whyy.org/news/itsourmoney/20080417_death_row_dollar.htm

As a death penalty attorney for over twenty-five years, David Dow asks us to consider the bigger picture in a death row inmate’s story. Over 75% of death row inmates have a previous history with the juvenile justice system. Dow emphasizes the need for effective intervention and prevention during childhood.

Check out his presentation.
TEDxAustin – David R. Dow