JKR: Encounters with China | S01 E05 November 13, 2023
In this episode, host Rebekah Enoch talks with Dui Hua founder John Kamm and retired Judge Leonard Edwards about the expert exchanges Dui Hua has facilitated between juvenile justice practitioners from the United States and China’s Supreme People’s Court, both in China and in the United States. Exploring questions like, “What does it mean to seal juvenile records?”, “Why is it important?” and “What does it have to do with China?”, the interview unpacks some of the impressions and the impact of these exchanges on juvenile justice in the United States and China, as well as what it means in the context of Dui Hua’s decision to expand the mission to include women in prison and juvenile justice, in addition to political and religious prisoners.
Judge Leonard Edwards is a distinguished retired Superior Court Judge who has been a key contributor in multiple US-China exchanges on juvenile justice. With a remarkable 26-year tenure in Santa Clara County, California, he served as both a domestic relations judge and a juvenile court judge. His extensive contributions include founding the Juvenile Court Judges of California, leading the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and establishing key organizations like the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, Kids in Common and the Child Advocates of Santa Clara County. He has shared his expertise and insights through numerous writings as well as judicial training in 48 states and 13 foreign countries.
Related for this episode:
- Forging New Paths for US China Dialogue: Juveniles Justice (JKR Podcast, Episode 03)
- Turning over a New Leaf: Juvenile Offenders Benefit from Reform (Human Rights Journal)
- “Is the Sealing of Juvenile Records Working in Your Court?” and “Record Sealing: Its Importance for Rehabilitation” (by Judge Edwards)
- Juvenile Justice Exchanges
Image credit: 2014 Juveniles Justice Exchange. The Dui Hua Foundation
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