Iseri-Carvalho named to state juvenile justice council

Kaua‘i Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve on the Hawai‘i Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council, the county reported Tuesday.

The Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council is a Governor-appointed advisory group concerned with at-risk youth involved in the juvenile justice system, states a news release announcing Iseri-Carvalho’s appointment.

The council advises the governor, state Legislature and Office of Youth Services on policies to address juvenile justice issues and improve the effectiveness of the system.

Additionally, the council oversees the implementation of juvenile federal grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office.

As a prosecuting attorney for 11 years on Kaua‘i and a public defender for four years on O‘ahu and Maui, Iseri-Carvalho brings a wide range of experience to the council on criminal justice issues affecting juveniles.

In addition to handling numerous adult felony cases, Iseri-Carvalho has also handled numerous juvenile cases. She has prosecuted, as well as defended, juveniles for crimes including negligent homicides, property offenses and sexual assaults.

Iseri-Carvalho also plans to utilize her legislative background as a former Kaua‘i County Council member, she states in the news release.

“I am honored to be selected for this incredible opportunity to help our keiki,” Iseri-Carvalho said. “I want to ensure that job skill services, mentoring programs, academic plans and family-focused interventions for these teens remain a top priority among Hawai‘i’s leaders. By providing an avenue for change, we can encourage youths to break away from destructive behavior and build the foundation for a successful future.”

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