What are the issues facing young people, particularly young people of color, in the criminal justice system? As a society we often think of the criminal justice system as a means of achieving justice and problem solving but is this a fair approach when thinking about young people (defined as individuals below the age of 24)? This will be a conversation about how the criminal justice system approaches questions of youth and race in practice and think about ways in which we might envision a fairer society.
David Miranda is the Senior Arraignment Attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), a holistic public defender agency in Northern Manhattan, serving indigent residents of Northern Manhattan charged with misdemeanors and felonies in New York County. He is a lifelong resident of New York City and a resident of Northern Manhattan. Prior to his position at the NDS, he was a Senior Attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Peter Cicchino Youth Project where he represented homeless youth 24 and under, many of whom identifed as LGBTQ, He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Sarah Lawrence College and recipient of the 2019 New York Bar Association Arthur Leonard Award for LGBT advocacy.