MO Mother Kicks-off Child Advocacy Campaign After Losing Her Son in Adult Justice System

Tracy McClard, mother and advocate, lost her 17 yr old son in an adult prison. McClard created an organization, Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ-MO) to educate the public and lawmakers on adult certification.
Sept. 4, 2010 - PRLog -- WHAT:
The FORJ-MO Kick off event features a panel discussion which includes state and national experts and formerly incarcerated youth.  The Panel will educate lawmakers and the public on how and why youth are treated as adults and recommend alternatives to keep our children and communities safe.  A free BBQ will follow the program as well as display tables containing information about how to get involved.

Dwayne Betts - Keynote speaker, Author, Poet, and formerly incarcerated youth at the age of 16;
Stan Greer - St. Louis parent of incarcerated youth who died in prison after 9 years;
Joshua Kezer - Columbia resident, wrongly incarcerated as a youth for 16 years;
Tracy McClard - Parent Organizer, Founder, FORJ-MO
Bob Perry - Missouri Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatige (JDAI) Coordinator;
Sheriff Rick Walter - Scott County (re-opened Joshua Kezer's case)

Centenary Methodist Church
Southeast Missouri Campus
300 North Ellis
Cape Girardeau, MO

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 20105-7:30 pm
(food provided after presentation)

For more information about this event or FORJ-MO, please contact Tracy McClard at (573) 837-7346 or visit

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Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ-MO). Missouri's first parent lead organization working to change the laws that turn our chidren into adults, with horrific outcomes, once they enter the adult criminal justice system.
Source:Tracy McClard
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Location:Cape Girardeau - Missouri - United States
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