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With funding from the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services, the Department conducted a study on the overrepresentation of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii’s juvenile justice system with recommendations for reform. Practicum students then developed an implementation plan for a reform initiative called Ho‘opono Mamo Civil Citation Initiative, a policy and systems change that diverts youth to appropriate youth and family services. Currently conducting an evaluation of the pilot project in collaboration with Earl Hishinuma in the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Prof. Karen Umemoto

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