Oregon's Juvenile Justice System will be the topic of discussion for the Willamette Women Democrats meeting June 8 in Lake Oswego.
Guest speakers are Judge Deanne Darling, Juvenile Court Judge for Clackamas County; Christina McMahan, director of the Clackamas County Juvenile Department; and Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the Oregon Youth Authority. In addition, Sang Dao, who graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University while serving at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, will provide information about how Oregon's Juvenile Justice System works and some of the challenges within the system.
As a teenager, Dao was a gang member and a high school dropout. At 17, he was sentenced to
12 1/2 years in prison under Measure 11's mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. After one year of incarceration while his case was pending, he was transferred to MacLaren, where he began a remarkable transformation. There he received his high school diploma, and also attended and graduated from PSU, with a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice.
Oregon's Juvenile Justice System focuses on providing a safe and stable environment while holding young people accountable for their behavior. The system also encourages them to finish school, learn skills and live a productive, crime-free life after finishing probation or a commitment to the Oregon Youth Authority.
The public is invited to hear this program. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP are requested by June 5 by going online to w2dems.com or by calling 503-656-4445.
The event will run from 4-6 p.m. June 8 at Lakewood Center to the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.
— The Review, Tidings