JJ Monitor
June 2018

Don't Miss the 2018 Annual Conference!
 Nearly 390 people are expected to convene June 27th-30th for CJJ's Annual Conference. This year's theme is "At the Intersections: How Federal, State, and Local Partners Can Work Together to Improve Juvenile Justice".

On June 27th, participants have the opportunity to meet with their Senators and Representatives to discuss current issues within the juvenile justice system.

The full conference will take place from June 28th-June 30th and will consist of various workshops, table talks, and our National Award Ceremony! 
This year we will be honoring Senator Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) dedication to juvenile justice reform with the A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award. Participants will also hear from OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp who will share updates on federal juvenile justice initiatives.

The conference agenda can be found here.

Individuals attending the conference are encouraged to view our 2018 Conference Logistics Memo available  here.

CJJ Announcements
The release includes a new  report entitled "Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults." This report builds on CJJ's 2017 "Principles for Change," and highlights ways to address the intersections of youth homelessness and juvenile justice. CJJ's new resource places a special focus on the unique needs of young people ages 18-24. A series of mini briefs also examine the role of schools, police, SAGs, and local and state government in addressing the intersection of youth homelessness and the juvenile justice system.

Find the report, mini-briefs and information about our Collaborating for Change projec t

CJJ's 2018 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 entitled "Reclaiming the Future: Uniting to End Disparities" will explore ways states and communities can address and eliminate disproportionate minority contact within their juvenile justice systems. To access a copy of the draft agenda, please click here. 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 issues and to create opportunities for youth engagement at all levels. There will also be a live-stream of this event, making it accessible to those who are unable to travel to D.C. 

To make hotel reservations for this Summit, please click here.
To register to attend this Summit in person, click
here, and t
o register to attend this Summit virtually, click  here .

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 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 to 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: Vermont

On May 30th, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law legislation expanding the Vermont Juvenile Justice System to include 18 year olds and 19 year olds in January 2020 and January 2022 respectively. Misdemeanor charges can only be brought against these youth in the Family Division. Youth will only be eligible for transfer to the Criminal Division if charged with a felony or one of Vermont's "Big Twelve" crimes. Upon completion of probation or other program requirements, youth will now be eligible for automatic record expungement. 

In addition to these jurisdictional changes, the statutory language that defines an effective youth justice system has also been amended due to the tireless efforts of the Vermont SAG (Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs). The amendment offered by the Vermont SAG places an emphasis on the necessity of pre-charge programs and diversion programs that work to keep youth from facing multiple points of contact with the justice system. 

Other News and Announcements
  • CJJR is now accepting applications through July 13th, for the 
    Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program , which will be held October 22-26, 2018 at Georgetown University. This year CJJR has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Ceres Policy Research to provide a week long training focused on effective policy and practice reforms that promote positive youth development and take a holistic approach to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth in child-serving systems. View  the  curriculum  and  apply  to the LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program by July 13.
  • CJJR is also accepting applications through July 27 for the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program.The training will be held at Georgetown University November 5-9, 2018, in partnership with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and will help jurisdictions identify the most promising areas for reform at key juvenile justice system decision points, including arrest, referral, diversion, detention, disposition and post-disposition. The training will also address specific strategies to reduce over-representation and address disparities at those decision points. As part of each Certificate Program, participants will develop and implement a Capstone Project that applies the learning from the particular training to a local reform effort that is designed to improve outcomes for system-involved youth in their jurisdictions. Apply to the RED Certificate Program by July 27.
  • The Mississippi Divison of Public Safety Planning- Programs and the Mississippi Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (State Advisory Group) cordially invite you to the Symposium on August 1-3, 2018 in Biloxi, MS. The theme for this year's event is "Justice for All Youth: Becoming the Solution that Brings About Change."
  • The CSG Justice Center and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy has released a publication that  provides a roadmap of six innovative strategies that states and localities can follow to make sweeping changes to their juvenile justice systems.
  • Right on Crime recently released a  report  that  lays out principles that should guide pretrial justice policy and makes several recommendations, including reducing jail-able offenses, expanding diversion programs, using validated risk-assessment tools, and revising state bail laws.
  • OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book to include national and state data from the 2016 Juvenile Residential Facility Census.
  • The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is seeking to hire a Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives. The link to the application for this position can be found here.
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