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Connections: Keeping teenagers out of the criminal justice system


We talk to teens involved with Rochester Teen Court. The program is in its 21st year and gives nonviolent teen offenders alternative sentencing in order to keep them out of the criminal justice system. Teen jurors recommend that sentencing for their peers.

Our guests discuss the program, youth incarceration, Raise the Age, restorative justice, and more.

  • Judge Frank Geraci, Jr., Chief United States District Judge
  • Jahne Robinson, teen juror with Rochester Teen Court
  • Francis Pellegrino, teen attorney with Rochester Teen Court
  • Kendra Drake, program manager for Rochester Teen Court

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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