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La Plume – Keystone College will host the community forum, “Youth and Juvenile Justice: How to Reduce Juvenile Offenses and Build Stronger Communities” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7-8:30 in Evans Hall in Hibbard Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum’s panel of experts will discuss how issues such as youth trauma and disconnection can lead to an increase in juvenile offenses. The panel will also address how to spot signs of potential problem behavior in youth, the possible causes of that behavior, and what programs, interventions, and training might help to avoid or reduce juvenile offenses.

Panel members include: Dr. Deborah Belknap and Stacey Wyland, Keystone faculty members and co-directors of the Keystone College Juvenile Justice Institute; Attorney Timothy Doherty, Senior Deputy, PA Office of the Attorney General; Megan Duffy, Principal, Charles Sumner Elementary School; Carl Graziano, Chief, Scranton Police Department and Elaine Donly Community Development Manager, Outreach Community Resources.

The Keystone Juvenile Justice Institute offers programs and training aimed at reducing juvenile incarceration while strengthening community bonds. The specific goals of the Institute are threefold: to help children avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system; to offer alternatives for resolving cases of children already involved and to aid incarcerated juveniles in their return and successful reintegration into society.

Enrolling approximately 1,400 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.