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The Road to Juvenile Justice: The Intersection of Restorative Justice and Disproportionate Minority Contact

Photo of Lindsey Draper Lindsey Draper
Lindsey Draper has been Wisconsin's Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator since his 2006 retirement from Milwaukee County service as a Judicial Court Commissioner. His legal career included service as an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant State Public Defender. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Client Protection and Chairman of the Wisconsin State Bar Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of St. Charles Youth and Family Services and acts as attorney-coach for the Wauwatosa West High School Mock Trial team. He teaches middle school students at the East Side (Milwaukee) Child and Youth Ministry and reads weekly with fifth graders at Milwaukee's Kluge Elementary School.

Photo of Sujatha Baliga Sujatha Baliga
Sujatha's work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim’s advocate and public defender, Sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 which she used to spearhead a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County, California. As Director of Community Justice Works, she expanded and institutionalized the program she began through her Soros Fellowship. Sujatha has served as a consultant to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, has taught Restorative Justice to undergraduates and law students, and is a frequent guest lecturer at academic institutions and conferences. Today, as a Senior Program Specialist at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Sujatha assists communities in implementing restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She also provides technical assistance to the US Attorney General's Task Force on Childhood Exposure to Violence.

Sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She had federal clerkships with The Honorable William K. Sessions, III, former Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and with The Honorable Martha Vázquez. A national voice in restorative justice, she was honored as Northeastern University Law School's Daynard Fellow and has been a guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation".

Photo of Elda Catalano Elda Catalano
Elda Catalano is the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer at the Canyon County Juvenile Probation Department. Elda has worked for the probation department for 21 years. Elda has held various positions since the start of her employment with Canyon County that include, Intensive Probation Officer, Intake Officer, and Deputy Chief. Elda is married and has two teenage daughters.

Photo of Alan Miller Alan Miller
Alan Miller is the Juvenile Justice Specialist for Idaho. He has worked with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for over 10 years establishing and supporting community-based programs for youth. Prior to this, Alan administered AmeriCorps grants for Idaho and served as staff on the Montana Conservation Corps and Volunteer Montana! programs. Alan developed volunteer and youth programs as a Park Ranger with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. He currently resides in Boise Idaho with his wife, two step-sons and two daughters.

Photo of Mike Walsh, Ph.D. Mike Walsh, Ph.D.
Mike is a Rehabilitation Counselor with the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and works with young people being discharged from the custody of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. In 2009, Mike completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, where his work included evaluating a component of a state juvenile correctional chemical dependency program that embraced restorative justice as the foundation of its curriculum. During his three-year tenure in Minnesota, Mike received substantial training in restorative justice from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and from community based restorative justice programs and mentors. Mike received initial training as a Circle Keeper in 2007 from Gwen Chandler-Rhivers and Alice Lynch. In 2008, Mike spent 10 days in the Yukon Territories, learning the ways of peacemaking from elders of the First Nation Tlingit. Additionally, Mike was involved in several community-based restorative justice initiatives. He served two years as a board member for the Seward-Longfellow Neighborhood Restorative Justice Partnership and also served as a community conferencing facilitator. Mike was an active participant in several Minneapolis Community Circles. In 2011, Mike formed his non-profit organization Gem State Circles, Inc., and currently serves as its Executive Director.