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Join CJJ as a Student Member

By Symone Sanders, CJJ National Youth Committee Chair


Are you heading back to school in September? Then now is the time to become a CJJ Student Member


CJJ is a nationwide coalition dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. Student Members are an important part of CJJ's mission, work, and successes.  As a member-based organization, CJJ develops and supports a broad range of emerging leaders in juvenile justice reform. We represent our Student Members at the national level by maintaining close relationships with federal policymakers and we enhance communication among juvenile justice stakeholders.


Students can join for a just $35! A 12 month membership includes access to member-only training webinars, networking opportunities with advocates across the country, and discounted registration fees to the CJJ Youth Summit and conferences. Learn more about how you can benefit as a Student Member of CJJ.


Click here to join today! Contact Jessica Russell Murphy, CJJ's Associate Director, Member Relations and Office Administration at, with any questions.


2014 Youth Summit

On August 7-8, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) welcomed 130 youth advocates from around the nation to Washington, DC for the 2014 Juvenile Justice Youth Summit. CJJ co-hosted this year's Summit with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). During the Summit, youth participants heard from exciting presenters on topics such as youth organizing, legislative advocacy, and youth engagement at the state level.


OJJDP Administrator Robert Listenbee hosted a panel of youth advocates and spoke at the opening of the Youth Summit. Administrator Listenbee addressed youth participants, saying: "Over [the] coming decades, we're going to be relying on you-to become the next generation of leaders of reform. And I have confidence that you will become those leaders." On the first day, Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director at the Youth Law Center gave a keynote address on "The Path to Becoming An Advocate." The closing keynote address featured Dr. Jonathan Brice, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Speakers included representatives of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, the Campaign for Youth JusticeYouth Power Movement, and many of CJJ's State Advisory Groups. 


All the resources and materials have from the Youth Summit have been posted on CJJ's website. The event was covered in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange by a reporter and staff members from the Justice Policy Institute. CJJ's interns also wrote about the Youth Summit for the CJJ Today blog and Act4JJ blog.


Upcoming Webinar: Using Title IV-E Funding for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience

Has your jurisdiction experienced a decrease in juvenile justice funding? Are you looking for funding to support home- and community-based services (e.g., alternative placements to detention)? Are you interested in learning how other jurisdictions have implemented a Title IV-E claiming program? 




Please join us for a webinar TODAY AT 3:00PM ET on "Using Title IV-E for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience." 


This webinar will explain how jurisdictions can leverage Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to support programs and services in their juvenile justice system. Participants will learn about Title IV-E, what types of programs and services can receive Title IV-E reimbursement, and how different stakeholders can support the implementation of a Title IV-E claiming program in their jurisdiction. Participants will gain insight into the lessons learned from the thoughtful, collaborative process executed in Multnomah County, Oregon.


Presenters include:

Register now!


Upcoming Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Services

Is your jurisdiction looking to adopt evidenced-based programs to better serve juvenile justice youth?  Are you a provider looking to improve agency buy-in towards the evidence-based services you provide?  Are you interested in learning how other jurisdictions implemented evidence-based services? Please join CJJ for a webinar on "Implementing Evidence-based Services" on September 17 at 2:00pm ET.


This webinar will explain how jurisdictions and providers can successfully implement evidenced-based services in their juvenile justice system. Participants will learn about creating agency and customer buy-in; strategies to address funding and fidelity challenges; the experiences of other states; and how to embed evidenced-based services in juvenile justice systems. 


Presenters include:

  • Beth Ann Rosica, PH.D., Vice President of Administration for VisionQuest National Ltd and President of the Board of Directors for Advancing Evidence Based Practice
  • Francis Mendez, J.D., MSW, Project Director at ICF International for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's National Training and Technical Assistance Center project, former Deputy Secretary of Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services and former Chief of Staff for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Juvenile Services Bureau

Register today!


Blog Post: Juvenile Justice Reform Should Focus on our Communities

"In the United States today, we have a problem with our prisons," writes Jerry Madden, former Texas legislator in the CJJ Today blog. "We incarcerate our people at nearly six times the rate of most other industrialized nations, and yet we have higher rates of crime...The cheapest way to reduce crime is to prevent it. Evidence based prevention and intervention programs targeted at youth can stop the cycle of crime and violence before it begins." Read the full blog post reprinted from the Hill on CJJ's website


Models for Change: New Resources and Webinar on Recidivism

The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a white paper on reducing juvenile recidivism and suggestions, as well as an issue brief on improving the collection and analysis of data on reoffending, based on a survey of all 50 states' juvenile corrections agencies. The National Reentry Resource Center will host two webinars related to these resources.  


The first webinar will take place September 4 at 2:00pm ET and will highlight key recommendations from the white paper. Participants will learn about the four principles that must serve as the foundation of any strategy that reduces recidivism and improves outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants will also learn how to implement the principles effectively, and hear about how some state and local juvenile justice systems have operationalized the principles in practice. Click here to register for the webinar.


The second webinar in the series will take place on September 11 at 2:00pm ET. The webinar will  summarize the issue brief, Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation, and its five recommendations for improving juvenile justice systems' approaches to the measurement, analysis, collection, reporting, and use of recidivism data. Participants will learn the essentials on measuring recidivism in an accurate and comprehensive way, and how to use such data to guide system decisions and hold agencies and providers accountable for results. Click here to the register for the webinar.


Models for Change: New Report from IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police released a new report entitled "Law Enforcement's Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: Actionable Recommendations for Practice & Policyto help law enforcement agencies improve their responses to young people. The report sets forth 33 recommendations for concrete actions that law enforcement leaders can take in collaboration with partners at the local, state, and national levels. These recommendations were developed by a multidisciplinary group of 90 participants that included law enforcement executives and officers at various levels, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, young people, parents, policymakers, researchers, mental health service providers, and a range of other juvenile justice stakeholders. 


SOS Project: System Advocacy and Status Offenses 

This week, CJJ Deputy Director Lisa Pilnik spoke about status offenses at the 37th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference. She co-presented with Amy Halbrook, Director of the North Kentucky University Chase Children's Law Center Clinic, on "Truants, Runaways and Other Status Offenders: Case and System Advocacy."  


NJJN News: Tomorrow's Leaders Join NJJN Institute for 2014-15 Cohort
NJJN has announced their
selection of 10 new Youth Justice Leadership Institute fellows from across the country based on their extraordinary qualifications and commitment to the field of youth justice reform. These professionals are the fourth cohort of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a prestigious national fellowship program run by NJJN that invests in the development of powerful, effective leaders of color in the juvenile justice reform movement.


NJJN News: Evidence-Based Practices Section of Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Now Live

Last week, the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub launched a new section on evidence-based practices for juvenile justice reform -- i.e., programs and methods scientifically proven to keep kids out of the system and reduce recidivism for those already involved. The Hub, a collaboration between NJJN and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, with support from Models for Change, is a resource that collects the latest research, policy levers, best practices, toolkits, and more for advocates and practitioners working in the youth justice system.


NJJN News: OP-ED from NJJN Director Sarah Bryer Targets Irresponsible TV Program

Last week, NJJN Director Sarah Bryer and Justice for Families Executive Director and Co-Founder Grace Bauer penned a firm condemnation of the Country Music Television show, My Dysfunctional Family, for pretending to jail a teen and his mother as a "wake-up call." Ms. Bryer and Ms. Bauer take the series to task for depicting incarceration as a solution to young people's behavioral problems, noting that in fact, incarceration only increases the likelihood that young people will offend again, while exposing them to a high risk for abuse, mental illness, and suicide.

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