JJ Monitor
April 2018

CJJ at NCJFCJ's 2018 National Conference  on Juvenile Justice
During the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' National Co nference on Juvenile Justice, CJJ staff and Executive Board members sha red information with attendees as part of an array of workshops and plenary sessions. Sessions ranged from implicit bias and work that states are doing to address disproportionate minority contact, to the intersections of youth homeless and juvenile justice, the need to reduce the over incarceration of youth, the need for trauma-informed responses, and updates on efforts at the federal level to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The conference was held in San Diego, California on March 18th-21st. 

Pictured above is the JJDPA Update Panel comprised of  former CJJ Northeastern Regional Chair Hon. Amy Davenport (Ret.), Campaign for Youth Justice Chief Executive Officer Marcy Mistrett, CJJ Executive Director Naomi Smoot, and Hon. Denise Navarre Cubbon.

2018 CJJ DMC Conference
Join us November 27th-30th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland for CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference!

This year's conference will explore ways states and communities can address and eliminate disproportionate minority contact within their juvenile justice systems. Stay tuned for additional details. To register for this event, click  here, and to  make hotel reservations for this event, click here .
2018 CJJ Youth Summit
CJJ is excited to announce the 2018 Youth Summit which will take place August 1st-3rd at the University of the District of Columbia's David A. Clarke School of Law. This year's Summit is entitled  "Empowering Youth: Resiliency Through Trauma."

CJJ's Youth Summit is held annually in Washington, D.C., to provide emerging leaders in the juvenile justice field with information about new and emerging issues and to create opportunities for youth engagement at all levels. There will also be a livestream of this event, making it accessible to those who are unable to travel to D.C.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the Youth Summit agenda and hotel accommodations!
To register for this event, click

2018 CJJ A nnual Conference
This year's workshops and plenaries will take place from June 28th through the 29th, and will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. 
The following questions will be addressed in meetings, table-talks, and workshops alike:
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system?
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems in which we work?
  • What can be done to leverage partnerships to help improve physical and mental health services, and better address youths' needs for education and housing?
  • What role does advocacy play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care for children and youth?
A draft of the agenda can be found  here , and  to register or book your hotel today click  here

Make Your Voices Heard: June 27th is Hill Day!
CJJ's Hill Day is held each year to kick off our  Annual Conference. Legislative offices are just a short walk or cab ride away from our conference hotel, the  Hyatt Regency. This day serves as a unique opportunity to help educate Congress about the importance of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. 

Participants should schedule their own meetings on Capitol Hill. To find your Members and their contact information cli ck  here . Training is available on the morning of June 27 to help prepare participants for their meetings. For more information about Hill Day, please contact Naomi Smoot at

Become a sponsor or exhibitor! 
Join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at CJJ's 2018 Annual Conference! To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please review our  2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Information Packet . To apply to be a sponsor or exhibitor at this year's conference, please click  here  or contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at

Executive Board Nominations
Interested in serving on CJJ's Executive Board? Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of CJJ's 
Regional Chairs , and our  National JJ Specialist . Click  here  to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions. Elections will be held during our 2018 Annual Conference.   

Stay tuned for additional details and speaker announcements!

Those with questions should contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at or 202-467-0864 ext. 113. 
When implementing evidence-based programs for youth and their families, there's not much room for error: the stakes are high and the potential rewards are plentiful. 

This webinar will feature the award-winning Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program administered by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Evidence-Based Associates (EBA).

Attendees will hear about 'mistakes' made along the implementation pathway and steps taken to remedy the shortcomings. Favoring 'progress, not perfection,' the Georgia partnership has yielded tremendous outcomes for youth, families, partners and the citizens of the Peach State - including more than 50% reductions in out-of-home placements each year since project inception.

Presenters include:
Dan Edwards, PhD, President of  Evidence-Based Associates
Joe Vignati, Assistant Comissioner and Chief of Staff at  Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

This webinar is free to CJJ members.  To become a member, click  here To register, click  here  today!
Understanding gendered pathways into the juvenile justice system equips providers with ways to effectively focus on the complex needs, vulnerabilities, trends, and opportunities of each gender's unique experiences. Sexuality and gender identity lenses are equally important to create an environment that elevates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Youth (LGBQ/GNCT) who identify with female and/or male development, or neither, and varying sexualities, allowing them to be more of who they are. 

This webinar will present two nationally recognized, research-based, gender responsive support group models - Girls Circle┬« and The Council for Boys and Young Men┬« - that have proven results across all sectors with a 20-year history in both prevention and intervention settings nationwide. The theoretical foundation of these model programs is steeped in evidence-based principles that include brain science, resilience, strengths-based positive youth development, trauma, culturally responsive principles, and motivational interviewing practices that stimulate critical thinking and moral reasoning within a gender responsive framework. 

Participants will be able to identify the two models' evidence-based outcomes, successful implementation guidelines, and resources including training, manual-guided curriculum, and Q&A tools, and learn how these programs can meet the needs of youth across sectors through a multi-systemic, sustainable approach. 

Presenters include:
Giovanna Taormina, Executive Director of  One Circle Foundation
Kiku Johnson, Associate Director of  One Circle Foundation

This webinar is free to CJJ members.  To become a member, click  here,  and to t o register for this webinar, click  here  today!
Would You Like to Blog for CJJ?
CJJ is looking for bloggers for  CJJ Today  to author stories and posts about j uvenile justice. We're particularly interested in stories from    State Advisory Group members or staff,  CJJ individual    and  youth members , and  CJJ organizational members , about issues at the state or local level, interesting programs or approaches, and perspectives about the course of juvenile justice reform at the local or state level. We also welcome blog posts from other juvenile justice system stakeholders. Blog posts can be between 400-750 words in length. Click  here  to see our other guidel ines for blogs.  
Suggested topics could include:   
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Remedying Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Adolescent Brain Development 
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Status Offenses
  • Family and Youth Involvement
  • Promising Practices or Program Spotlights
  • If interested please email for more details. 
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Member Spotlight: Judge Steven Teske,
CJJ National Chair Judge Steven Teske has been nam ed as a recipient of the Juvenile Law Center's 2018 Leadership Prize, and will be honored at a reception on May 9th at the National Constitution Center in  Philadelphia, Pa. The Leadership Prize recognizes the work of those who've dedicated their careers to advocating for youth and improving the juvenile justice system. 

Judge Teske is the Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court of Clayton County and serves on the Supreme Court by designation. Judge Teske is a recognized leader, both in his community and at the national level for his dedication to decreasing the number of youths who come into contact with the justice system.
Other News and Announcements
  • Registration is open for the " The Model Programs Guide Diversion Programs Implementation Guide". This webinar presented by the OJJDP and Development Services Group Inc. will address the resources available on OJJDp's  Model Program Guide. To register for this event,  click  here"
  • The Vera Institute of Justice will be hosting their 12th Annual Gala on Monday April 23rd at 6PM at Ciprani Wall Street. To reserve tickets for this event, click  here.
  • On April 25, the True Colors Fund will hold their annual #TrueColorsDay, a national day to raise awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference. To become a #TrueClorsDay Partner, click here.
  • The Vera Institute For Justice released a new report " Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic" which highlights New York State's OEND Program that focuses on training incarcerated individuals, their family members, and corrections staff to recognize and respond to the signs of opioid overdoses.
  • The Juvenile and Family Court Journal recently published " Preventing Homelessness for System-Involved Youth", co-authored by Linda Britton. This report 
    addresses the role of judges and other stakeholders in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in preventing homelessness.
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