Episode | #062

Young leaders propose restorative justice to tackle gun violence

“There are places in Milwaukee where this doesn’t directly affect people and that’s one of the biggest problems. You can’t turn a blind eye, just because you don’t live in a neighborhood where you hear gunshots every day.” Isaac Hoeschen

The City of Milwaukee has a youth council. Young people ages 14­18 are selected to represent each Aldermanic District. Gun violence is one of the council’s top issues. Recently, the council pushed forward a restorative justice effort to establish a youth court that represents an alternative to the usual courts and prison. Their aim is to provide peers a way to get back on the path to success, rather than continue on one that can lead to more crime, and even violence. We spoke to two youth council members about what they care about and why.

CREDIT: Brad Lichtenstein | 371 Productions

Milwaukee Youth Council President Kalan R. Haywood II, and Milwaukee Youth Council representative Isaac Hoeschen think a youth led court could help curb gun violence in the city.

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