JJ Monitor
October 2017

CJJ Emerging Leaders To Host Virtual Youth Summit 
CJJ will host its first Virtual Youth Summit, on Nov. 11 from 12-4 p.m. Eastern. This event is being developed by CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee and will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about juvenile justice, and to share ideas for ways to work together to improve systems across the country. 

Speakers will share original spoken word poetry, explore the impact of race and gender on juvenile justice outcomes, and explore ways to meaningfully collaborate with young people. 

This virtual gathering will enable young people to join together remotely, regardless of where they may be, to engage in a conversation and learning experience with their peers. Hear from other youth who are already working in this area and explore ways to collaborate in - and lead - juvenile justice reform. 

To view the agenda,click here

To register, or learn more, click here

2018 Annual Conference: Submit a Workshop Proposal Today!
CJJ is now accepting workshop proposals for its annual conference, " At The Intersections: How Federal, State, and Local Partners Can Work Together to Improve Juvenile Justice ". The event will be held June 27-30th in Washington D.C., at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The conference will discuss emerging issues and further develop ideas on how to improve the juvenile justice system. To submit a workshop proposal click here  

Conference   and hotel registration is now available.

Stay tuned for additional details and speaker announcements! 

CJJ Announcements
Last Chance to Apply for CJJ's Emerging Leader's Committee! Apply by October 27th!
CJJ is excited to be expanding our Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) and is calling on all interested young people aged 16-24 to submit an application!

The ELC will make recommendations to the CJJ leadership and Executive Board, and support youth member recruitment, promote youth engagement across all organizational projects, programs, and activities. Members will also play a key role in shaping and broadening the scope and scale of CJJ's youth partnership work over the coming years. If selected, members will be expected to participate in monthly 1-hour long conference calls and to actively participate in CJJ ELC projects.

This is an excellent opportunity for dynamic young leaders who want to get more involved with CJJ's work, and network with the broader juvenile justice reform community!

Interested in Joining? Click here to apply. Applications will be accepted until 12 pm ET, Friday, October 27, 2017.  

Upcoming CJJ Webinars
The Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ): What it Means for Runaway Youth
The Interstate Compact on Juveniles poses special challenges for courts when a youth comes before them who has run away from home and crossed state lines in the process. Learn what the ICJ is and special considerations when dealing with runaway or homeless youth.

This webinar will take place on October 23 at 3 p.m., Eastern. Click here to register today! 

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Member Spotlight
Kentucky Increases Focus on Combating  Racial Disparities
Kentucky's Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (SAG) is working to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) within their juvenile justice system. Pastor Edward Palmer, who is part of the SAG and also serves as CJJ National Vice Chair, has been working to ensure law enforcement agencies are trained on implicit bias against youth of color. This year alone, he has trained more than 600 officers, many in the Louisville metro area. Pastor Palmer has also trained behavioral health agencies and child welfare agencies on implicit bias and disproportionate minority contact. These trainings seek to reduce racial and ethnic disparities throughout the state.

In order to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) Kentucky also has a heightened focus on data collection. State child-serving agencies are planning to engage in a multi-agency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to monitor disparity  through all points of contact across the System of Care. The purpose of the MOU is to continue to support reform efforts that will deliver better outcomes for children of the commonwealth. Specifically, the agreement seeks to: promote training focused on the history of DMC, cultural awareness, and implicit bias; implement a racial equity assessment to understand perceptions around disparity and DMC; work to develop a strategic plan to identify and eliminate disparity; collect and share  DMC data at each point of contact throughout the System of Care; identify and implement needed changes in policies that may contribute to disparity and DMC and; work to ensure individuals from special populations and minority groups are included in all respective workgroups and committees.

Kentucky also continues to focus on its prevention programming. Over the past fiscal year, over 900 youth were served through six programs that were made possible through Title II funding across the Commonwealth.

Partner News and Announcements
Campaign for Youth Justice Celebrates Youth Justice Action Month: Releases State Trends Report  
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ)and organizations across the country 
ar e currently celebrating Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). Held annually in October, YJAM gives states and agencies an opportunity to come together to raise awareness and take action around youth justice. YJAM is sponsored by CFYJ, which, on October 11, 2017 released a new report, "  Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts (2015-2017) ." 

This is the fourth edition of CFYJ's State Trends Report in which they take a look at states that have blocked pathways of children into the adult criminal justice system. CFYJ released the report at an event at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where they hosted a panel discussion featuring Olivia Brown, a teenager who was charged as an adult for a school fight; Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Founder and CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co. and the former lead editor/produce of NPR's Code Switch; and senators from two states that have recently begun ambitious reform efforts of their own - Vermont's Dick Sears, and South Carolina's Gerald Malloy. 

Federal Policy Update
On Oct. 5, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced S. 1949, the Affordable Housing for Educational Achievement Demonstration (AHEAD) Act. The bill aims to create a grant program to promote coordination between school districts and local housing authorities to better support students at risk of being homeless. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Other News and Announcements
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