Join us on Capitol Hill!
On June 27, 2018, CJJ's members will have the opportunity to make their voices heard before Congress. Schedule your meetings today and join us as we educate Senators and Representatives on the importance of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, and the essential role that federal juvenile justice funding plays in the states!
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,
Prior to their meetings, participants will be able to attend
to help them
. Participants will also receive briefing materials that they can use during their meetings and leave behind with their members of Congress.
Participants should schedule their own meetings on Capitol
. To find your Members and their contact information click
. For more information about
Day, please contact Naomi Smoot at
2018 CJJ Annual 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 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?
A draft of the agenda can be found
to register or book your hotel today click
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
or contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Board Nominations
Interested in serving on CJJ's Executive Board? Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of CJJ's
, and our
National JJ Specialist
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.
Nationally, law enforcement officers are not adequately trained in key information necessary to dealing competently and effectively with youth - including disproportionate minority contact.
Forty-five states offer no model policies to guide law enforcement officers' and agencies' interactions with youth. Most juvenile justice reform efforts focus on changing systems that address youth
after the point of arrest.
These factors help explain why the largest point of racial disparity occurs at the point of arrest, and is hard to decrease as youth go deeper and deeper into the system.
This webinar will demonstrate the vital role advocates can play in filling these gaps. It will showcase initiatives state advocates are implementing to address law enforcement's role in improving the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system, by adopting developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed equitable approaches to policing youth.
To learn more about these webinars and how to register,
Would You Like to Blog for CJJ?
CJJ is looking for bloggers for
to author stories and posts about j
uvenile justice. We're particularly interested in stories from
State Advisory Group members
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
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 email@example.com for more details.
Earlier this month, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that his administration has awarded a total of $2,687,169 in grants to better serve children and youth. These grants will be distributed by the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention to 96 agencies statewide to be utilized throughout the fiscal year.
These award programs aim to empower communities by supporting reform in Maryland's juvenile justice system. For instance, the University of Baltimore Truancy Court Program is reducing truancy by reconnecting students and their families with schools and working to break the school-to-prison pipeline for vulnerable and at-risk youth. The office of Crime Control & Prevention made over $180,000 in funds available through Title II (JJAC) to support this effort.
"By providing access to support from schools, families, and community resources, we can help divert low-level juvenile offenders to supervision programs in their communities. This not only helps to avoid deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system, but also increases chances for success," said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention.
NJJN Seeks Leadership Institute Applicants
The Institute is a robust, year-long fellowship program geared towards advocates and organizers of color working in the youth justice field. It
seeks to elevate and reinforce the leadership of people of color who know how to transform the oppressive systems harming communities of color.
Want to become a YJLI fellow, or know an advocate/organizer of color who wants to make big youth justice changes? To apply, click here.
Other News and Announcements
The Reconnecting Youth Campaign's 2018 Advocacy Academy
The application deadline is March 23, 2018 at 5PM (EST).
- Registration is open for the Second Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness, April 30-May 1, 2018 in New York, New York. To register, click here.
NEW PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
- Supporting Partnership for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) released their "Phase I Study Findings" on racial inequity and homelessness, which documents how people of color are dramatically more likely than white people to experience homelessness in the United States.
The Juvenile Justice Monitor is brought to you by staff and volunteer leaders of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and supported by membership fees paid by CJJ's State Advisory Group Members, Members at Large, Organizational Members, and allies. We are grateful to all for their ongoing support.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
1319 F Street NW, Suite 402