JJ Monitor
December 2018
JJDPA Passes in Congress! 
On December 13, 2018, Congress passed  H.R. 6964, a bill to reauthorize and update the  Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Once signed by the President, this will mark the first time the Act has been reauthorized  since 2002! 

A summary of key bill provisions can be found here. A summary of provisions related to data collection can be found here

Among other things, H.R. 6964 would require states to begin collecting and assessing data on racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. It would also require written transition plans for youth returning to their communities, outlining both where they will live and what other supports they will need while under the system's supervision and upon returning to the community. 

The reauthorization of the JJDPA would not have been possible without the outpouring support and tireless efforts of our members and juvenile justice advocates nationwide. Thank you to all who were a part of this process from start to finish for investing your time and resources to help create brighter futures and equitable outcomes for our youth!

CJJ Is Now Accepting Workshop Proposals For The 2019 Annual Conference

people_at_conference.jpg CJJ's 2019 Annual Conference "Bridging The Gap: Improving Outcomes For All Youth"will take place on June 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC. 

To register for the conference click here.

Each year, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. More than 300 juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, and advocates from across the country are expected to attend. 

CJJ's 2019 Annual Conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing o ur field today.  Specifically:
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system for our most vulnerable youth? 
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems we work with?  
  • 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?  
Submissions are due January 18, 2019. In an effort to make sessions more interactive, priority will be given to workshops that do not require PowerPoint presentations.  Click here  for more information or to submit directly, visit:   CJJ Annual Conference Presentation Form .

For more information on the 2019 Annual Conference and registration, click  here

For questions, please contact Laura Armstrong at
Thank You To The Presenters, Sponsors and Attendees of CJJ's   2018 DMC Conference!

More than 280 individuals from 47 different states, territories, and the District of Columbia c ame together in Baltimore, Maryland on Nov. 27-30 to learn ways to address the overrepresentation of minority youth in the justice system. The e vent was sponsored by Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform  and  Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Participants heard from young people about ways to improve system outcomes and from health care professionals about why juvenile justice should be viewed as a public health issue. During the event, states also shared successful strategies they have used to address disproportionate minority contact, and Cara Drinan, author of "The War on Kids", provided a keynote address on the need for continued juvenile justice system reform.

Upcoming  Webinars

January 22 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Approximately 1 million youth appear in juvenile court in the United States each year. Contrary to public belief, in every state youth and families face legal fees, fines, and restitution even when they are determined to be indigent. This webinar will focus on the cost of court-appointed legal assistance and the long-term financial and legal consequences that face youth and families across the nation. 

Presenters include:
Jessica Feiermen Esq., Senior Managing Director, Juvenile Law Center 

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click  here .

To register, click  here today!
Would You Like to Blog for CJJ?
CJJ is looking for bloggers for  CJJ Today  to author stories and posts about juvenile justice. We're particularly interested in stories from  State Advisory Group members  or staff or staff, CJJ  individual   or  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 guidelines 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.
Member Spotlight: Damekia Morgan

Damekia Morgan is an individual CJJ member and a student at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Doctoral Program. Damekia is in the process of conducting research for a project focused on "Promoting Smart Decarceration by addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact/Confinement".   To participate in her research click here

Other News and Announcements
  • The  Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and  A Way Home Canada jointly released a groundbreaking  report on youth homelessness prevention that works to help service providers, policy makers, communities, advocates, and researchers better serve youth experiencing homelessness. 
  • Juveniles for Justice, an advocacy program for youth with experience in the justice system recently released Broken Bridges. This publication highlights young people's experiences in institutional placements in Philadelphia, Pa.
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