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VIDEO: 'Your Kids and the Law'

Members of the Santa Clara County District's Office offer a glimpse into the juvenile justice system

The Palo Alto Weekly partnered with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for "Your Kids and the Law," a panel discussion on the juvenile justice system on Monday, Sept. 18. Watch the talk here.

About 20 people gathered for the 7 p.m. event at Mitchell Park Community Center, where they heard remarks from Jay Boyarsky, the county's Chief Assistant District Attorney; LaRon Dennis, supervising deputy district attorney for the Juvenile Justice Unit; and Nate Wandruff, an investigator at the District Attorney's Office and former Mountain View police officer. Weekly education and youth reporter Elena Kadvany moderated the conversation.

The talk covered a variety of topics surrounding juvenile cases including:

• The differences between how crimes are prosecuted for adults and juveniles.

• How investigators and probation officers deal with children accused of crimes.

• What information can be disclosed or kept confidential.

• Common questions parents ask if their child is accused of a crime.

• Suspects' rights.

• The factors considered at sentencing.

• Rehabilitation and diversion programs.

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