Author, sociologist and juvenile justice expert Alexandra Cox will speak in Lake Placid on Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 pm on the flaws in the Juvenile Justice System in New York State.
Just 22 North Country teenagers were sent to prison as adults in the last two years, but New York State is investing millions of dollars to convert a medium-security prison in Ray Brook to a juvenile facility.
Cox will address the state’s $23 million plan to convert the Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook to an adolescent facility with 142 beds. While the state touts the investment as necessary following its adoption of rules barring 16- and 17-year-olds from serving time in adult prisons, Cox argues that the juvenile justice system actually traps them in the lives they are purportedly being rehabilitated to leave behind.
Alexandra Cox is a sociologist whose 2018 book Trapped in a Vice focused on the failures of juvenile facilities in New York State.
This talk will be held at the Cabin Grill at Hotel North Woods, 2520 Main Street, in Lake Placid. A $10 donation is suggested. Doors open at 4 for complimentary snacks and beverages; a cash bar will be available.
Cox’ talk is presented by John Brown Lives!, a Westport-based freedom education and human rights project. She is appearing as part of The Correction, an ongoing series examining mass incarceration, detention and deportation.
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A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.
Photo of Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook courtesy US Department of Justice.