District Judge Young completes educational programs
District Judge Tod Young recently attended a national symposium on economic factors in the reform of the criminal justice system.
The course was Dec. 9-11, 2015, in Aventura, Fla., sponsored by the George Mason University Foundation, George Mason University School of Law.
Young was one of approximately 150 judges from across the country invited to participate.
Topics included the economics of prison gangs, the impact of increasing criminalization of conduct, pretrial decision making, the cost of incarceration, and alternatives.
The courses were taught by law school professors, economists and renowned attorneys from U.S. attorney offices and criminal defense firms.
“The symposium focused on the economic aspects of criminal law,” Young said. “While we judges don’t make policy decisions, we have to realize the economic impacts of our decisions. What we do and how we do it impacts our state and county budgets, and those budgets come from citizen dollars. Honoring our Constitution and trying to ensure public safety can be expensive goals, but where the public money and trust is involved, even expensive goals should be achieved in a manner that makes economic sense.
“It’s also critically important to understand how the economy drives the rate of crime and recidivism, and the caseload that we deal with,” he said.
Young said he was invited by the Nevada Supreme Court to submit an essay application, and was accepted for the symposium. All expenses including tuition and travel were paid by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation of the George Mason University Foundation.
“The attendees all were judges, including many trial court judges like myself, state supreme court judges, and federal district court judges. I think it was very beneficial to attend and to have the opportunity to share ideas with so many colleagues,” Young said.