May 2014
CJJ Announcements 

Registration is Open for the CJJ 2014 Youth Summit

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2014 Youth Summit, August 7-8, 2014 in Washington, DC. Register today! 


The Youth Summit seeks to cultivate and empower a young body of juvenile justice advocates. Over two days, youth participants will engage in skill-building, networking, and leadership development. Participants will learn the basics of juvenile justice and have the opportunity to delve into more detail on trending topics in juvenile justice reform. The event will also feature activities around the 40th Anniversary of the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).


CJJ is committed to increasing youth participation and engagement in juvenile justice reform and advocacy. We are excited to welcome youth from across the nation and U.S. territories to participate in this annual event. For questions, please contact Jonathan Litt, CJJ's Field Relations Associate, at


CJJ 2014 Annual Conference

We're looking forward to a great CJJ 2014 Annual Conference! CJJ has a room block available at The Omni Shoreham Hotel for a group rate of $199/night+tax. The room block closes May 28. Rooms are filling up fast- be sure to book your accommodations today!


Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available at the conference. For more information click here or contact Marc Fomby at or 601-939-0020. 


CJJ is hosting a webinar on June 4 to help members prepare for this year's Hill Day. Register now and read the advance packet for this year's Hill Day. If you have questions about the conference, please contact Jessica Russell Murphy, Associate Director, at


Upcoming CJJ Webinars

CJJ will host a webinar on the JJDPA: Looking Back, Looking Forward on May 28. This webinar will help shed additional light on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Participants will learn about the JJDPA's history, as well as the core protections that it provides for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Register now! 


On June 6, we will host a webinar on Dual Status Youth and their Families: Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll Through Improved Youth and System Outcomes. This webinar will highlight the challenges and opportunities jurisdictions face in regard to their dual status youth population (youth known to both child welfare and juvenile justice) and will introduce the Dual Status Youth Framework for Improved Outcomes developed and supported by the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps. Register now! 


CJJ Launches Strategic Planning Initiative

CJJ is pleased to announce its new initiative to develop and begin execution of a new strategic plan. The current plan covers 2011-2014, and CJJ is excited about exploring ways to have an even stronger impact over the next three to five years. The current strategic plan was informed by more than 300 CJJ members, as well as allied experts, decision-makers and grantmakers in the fields of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. The new strategic plan will build on this valuable input, evaluate CJJ's progress, and cast a vision for how CJJ can best continue to advance the field, serve its members and fulfill its core mission. The strategic planning process will be broad and inclusive, so CJJ encourages its members and allies to be on the lookout for several outreach efforts over the next several months.


SOS Project: New Resources on Status Offenses
Over the last few months, CJJ has released several publications related to status offenses. A status offense is conduct that would not be a crime if committed by an adult (e.g. truancy, running away, violating curfew laws, or possessing alcohol or tobacco). Most recently, CJJ published policy guidance on "Ungovernability and Runaway Youth," which highlights a new case study in Alabama. Click here to learn more about the new resources on status offenses and here to read a CJJ Today blog post written by Shawn Marsh, Chief Program Officer of Juvenile Law at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Internship Openings
CJJ is looking to hire an intern. Full internship descriptions are available on our website!

Models for Change: The Vera Institute of Justice Releases New Toolkit Module
The Vera Institute for Justice has announced that Module 3 of the Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Planning and Implementing System Change, is now available. This module provides a road map for how you can actively use information about your local system, in combination with a review of promising practices from across the country, to plan and implement system change that best meets your local needs and better serves youth and families. Specifically, it raises important questions and offers guidance on key topics, such as defining a target population, establishing a screening and assessment process, developing an array of community-based services, case management, oversight, funding, and quality assurance.

Models for Change: Applications for IACP Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice  

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will host a Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice in Seattle, Washington on September 16-18, 2014. Up to 30 law enforcement executives will be selected to attend the no-cost Leadership Institute where they will learn about the latest strategies and tools to increase capacity to respond to juvenile offenders and at-risk youth. The deadline for law enforcement executives to apply for the highly interactive, three-day Leadership Institute is Tuesday, May 20.

40 for 40: Youth Video Competition

As part of the events surrounding the JJDPA's 40th Anniversary, Act4JJ is collecting 40 short stories that use real lives and experiences to illustrate the JJDPA's policy and systems impact. For example: a young person can share his story of how he was given the option of an alternative to prison and chose to complete that program; he's now in college. Similarly, an expert could put together a short video telling the story of his or her experience working with youth before JJDPA. Groups and individuals with potential stories are asked to send their information to Caitlin Johnson at


To encourage youth participation in 40 for the 40th, CJJ is hosting a Youth Video Competition. This competition is open to people ages 13 to 21. Entries should be no more than 2 minutes in length and should comply with all contest rules and regulations. All entries must be submitted by July 1 to Naomi Smoot at The winner will be chosen based upon the number of votes the video receives after being posted to CJJ's YouTube channel. The top video will be shown at CJJ's 2014 Youth Summit and featured in the 40 for the 40th project.    


NJJN News: Adult Court Transfer Laws Discriminate, Illinois Member's Report Finds
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), an NJJN member recently published a report summarizing their review of 257 Cook County cases from 2010-2012 involving youth who were charged automatically as adults under state law. The law as it stands requires youth who are charged with serious violent crimes to be automatically transferred to adult court, irrespective of circumstance. JJI's study yielded a number of findings regarding the impact of this law, including significant racial bias, that the restriction of judges' discretion prevents the consideration of mitigating circumstances, and that deeper system involvement for youth can actually increase the chance that a young person will reoffend later in life.

NJJN News: Upcoming Webinars and Recordings

NJJN will host a webinar on May 27 on Using Social Impact Bonds to Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes. Learn more and register! On May 29, NJJN, with help from the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change initiative, will host a webinar on School-Based Diversion for Youth with Mental Health Needs. Learn more and register! Last month, NJJN held a webinar that brought together leaders in victims' rights advocacy to discuss a new holistic approach to youth justice reform. Now, you can view that webinar in full, as well as download NJJN's recent paper, "A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities."


Remembering Jesse P. Schaudies, Sr.
More than an Advocate: A Guardian, Teacher & Friend
By Stacey Atkinson

Former South Carolina Chairman of the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Jesse Schaudies dedicated his life to building hope, speaking out & creating opportunities for those he lovingly served. Jesse understood at an early age the importance of living in healthy families, putting food on the table, teaching values and manners to the children and providing a roof over one's head. He will be remembered as a compassionate, well-educated World War II veteran from a small southern town in Georgia but most Coalition of Juvenile Justice family members will remember Jesse as a true southern gentleman with a generous spirit, respected from Puerto Rico to Alaska, and an undeniable personal presence in heart, voice and stature. As Kay Anderson, a close family friend described, "Jesse was a regal man and loved and respected by all. He never met a stranger and always reached out with a helping hand." Once Jesse know it was the right thing to do he would follow it through to the end.  


Jesse P. Schaudies, Sr., 86, died April 29, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Read the full tribute to Jesse on CJJ's website.  

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Other News and Resources

The Washington College of Law's Project on Addressing Prison Rape Announces Two New Curricula on "Responding to Sexual Abuse of Inmates in Custody: Responding to the Needs of Men, Women and Gender Non-Conforming Populations" and "Responding to Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody: Responding to the Needs of Boys, Girls and Gender Non-Conforming Youth" 

The Center for American Progress Publishes the "Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV 

The Southern Education Foundation Releases "Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems Into Effective Education Systems" Report

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