JJ Monitor
December 2015 - January 2016
The 2016 CJJ Annual Conference, " Redefining Leadership: Engaging Youth, Communities, and Policymakers to Achieve Better Juvenile Justice Outcomes," will take place on April 20-23 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. 
Become a Sponsor
CJJ invites all individuals and organizations to sponsor our Annual Conference. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; therefore, sponsorships may be partly or wholly tax-deductible. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the conference program and on CJJ's website; sponsors will also be eligible to receive a complementary or discounted CJJ membership. 
Exhibit at the Conference
This year, CJJ also has a limited number of exhibitor spaces available. Exhibiting at CJJ's Annual Conference allows your organization an even greater opportunity to reach CJJ's members, partners, and other juvenile justice stakeholders. Exhibitors receive exhibit space, waived conference registration(s), acknowledgement in the conference program and on CJJ's website, a complementary or discounted CJJ membership, and additional benefits depending on their support level.
Register by March: Get the Discount
Register between now and March 4th to receive a discount! All participants that register as non-members will receive a complementary 2016 CJJ membership. Click here for the draft agenda.
Hotel Accommodations
A conference room block is available at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The group rate is $226/night+tax. Click here to make a reservation. 
Please contact Jessica Russell Murphy at with any questions.
CJJ Announcements
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, 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
  • Adolescent Brain Development 
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Status Offenses
  • Family and Youth Involvement
  • Promising Practices or Program Spotlights
If interested, please contact Katie Mercier at  for more details.
CJJ in the News 
CJJ's Deputy Executive Director Lisa Pilnik published a blog post on Huffington Post. In her article, " Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System ," she discusses the use of the valid court order, DMC, the JJDPA, and the future of juvenile justice reform. She writes, "More and more Americans are learning about the inequities in our justice system and calling for change every day. The challenge now is for us to build on that momentum, and take three steps forward and no steps back." 

Additionally, Lisa was quoted in an editorial in The Seattle Times, " State Needs to Divert Resources for Jailing Homeless Youths to Prevention." She explains, "We as a country are moving away from not just locking up status offenders but (from) having them in the juvenile justice system at all." 
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Member and Partner News
CJJ's State Advisory Groups (SAGs), Organizational, Individual, and Youth Members
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations from our members. Learn more about our membership. 
In Memoriam
The CJJ family has lost two wonderful Juvenile Justice Specialists in the last few months. John Lutali of American Samoa passed away in November. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention said that, " It is with a great deal of sadness and disbelief that we have lost another leader and generous spirit who worked diligently to improve the lives of youth in American Samoa [and] we mourn his passing."
In December, we lost Edward Chargualaf of Hawaii. Most recently, he was awarded the CJJ Tony Gobar Outstanding Juvenile Justice Specialist Award in 2015. Meg Williams, CJJ's National Juvenile Justice Specialist, recently said: "I have had the great fortune of working with Ed over the past several years...In my estimation, a gentler soul could not be found. He not only had a passion for the work he did, serving the youth of Hawaii, especially those who found themselves involved in the justice system, he also had a passion for helping all the 'helpers' like him...When any of us would email [asking for advice], he would respond in a reasoned, kind and supportive way...His soft spoken demeanor served me well many, many times. It is now our turn to say a fond farewell to a wonderful friend. Aloha Ed, A Hui Hou." To read the moving tribute to Ed penned by the Hawaii State Advisory Group, click here .
Our thoughts are with the families of Ed and John in these difficult times. They will be sorely missed by all who had the great fortune of working with them. 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of th e Annie E. Casey Foundation .
New Op-Ed from Casey Advisory Council Member 
Quwanisha Hines, a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council published an op-ed in The Virginian Pilot. In her article, "Making sense of Juvenile Justice," she writes about her experiences with detention and rehabilitation. Click here to read the full article. 
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of the International Association of Chiefs of Police .
IACP is Seeking Two New Managers
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is partnering with CJJ to:
  • Introduce law enforcement agencies to best practices and innovative approaches related to juvenile justice reform and work closely with those agencies to assess their current response to youth;
  • Develop, implement, and enhance training and technical assistance materials and activities relevant to police and youth engagement;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies that will build capacity, assess needs, initiate strategic planning, implement appropriate program improvements, evaluate program performance, and help sustain their programs; and
  • Develop agency-specific action plans subsequent to their participation in the Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice.
IACP is seeking to hire a Program Manager to assist with this effort. To learn more and apply, please click here. IACP is also launching a new two-year initiative, "Law Enforcement Leadership in Reducing Over-Incarceration," with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. As part of this project, they will hire a Project Manager. Click here for more information on that job posting. 
Models for Change
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of th Models for Change Initiative of th e  MacArthur Foundation.
10th Annual Models for Change National Working Conference
CJJ and the 
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  hosted the 10th Annual Models for Change National Working Conference in December. The conference brought together juvenile justice leaders and practitioners to share cutting-edge advancements in the field. You can visit the conference app for details about attendees, speakers, resources, and more.  
New Work from the Vera Institute of Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has awarded Vera's Center on Youth Justice funds to assist two jurisdictions seeking to reform local system responses to youth engaged in status offense behaviors. State-level agencies interested in receiving this technical assistance are invited to submit a Letter of Intent to Byron Kline at by January 25. Learn more.
The Status Offense Reform Center, a project of the Vera Institute of Justice, also recently released a new infographic on " Tackling Truancy." It examines the root causes, common responses, and promising practices in the area of truancy. Finally, CJJ Executive Board Member Hernan Carvente penned a blog post on " Walking the Walk on Youth Partnership ." He discusses the pitfalls that can occur with respect to youth engagement in juvenile justice reform.
New State Profiles on Juvenile Justice
The Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics site, a project from the  National Center for Juvenile Justice, has created new  state profiles. Each profile highlights content from the main topic areas of the GPS including: jurisdictional boundaries, juvenile defense, racial/ethnic fairness, juvenile justice services, status offense issues, and systems integration. Users can now compare and contrast juvenile justice systems in each state or they can explore each topic individually. These state profiles are the most comprehensive NCJJ has ever developed. 
Dual Status Youth and Probation System Review  Symposiums
The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, has announced that it will host two exciting events: the "Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children" and the "Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives." These events will highlight juvenile justice system reform efforts and innovative practices that have been implemented in communities throughout the country. They will feature the foremost experts on the topics of data and outcome measurement, risk-needs-responsivity screening and assessment, trauma, evidence-based interventions, and inter-agency collaboration. Click  here to learn more.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Public Safety Performance Project.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is Seeking a Senior Associate
The Pew Charitable Trusts is seeking to hire a senior associate to focus on assistance to states interested in improving their juvenile disposition and commitment systems, while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of the juvenile justice system, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing and presentation. Click here to learn more.
National Juvenile Justice Network
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of the National Juvenile Justice Network and its members.
VA Member Report Targets Problems with School Police
Advocates at JustChildren (an NJJN member) have just released a report detailing the state's problems with school police. It draws on proven methods for reform, offering policy recommendations to address those problems. " Protecting Childhood: A Blueprint for Developmentally Appropriate School Policing in Virginia," outlines major areas where Virginia's school policing practices fall short of protecting students' best interests and safety. It emphasizes actions like increasing training for school resource officers (SROs), clarifying their role in schools, and decriminalizing typical adolescent behavior, such as backtalk or disrupting class. Read the full story here.
WV Member's Campaign Halts Plans for New For-Profit Youth Facility
In 2015, West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) fast-tracked a plan to build a 70-bed, for-profit youth detention facility to house youth with mental health needs. However, thanks to an impressive campaign run by the ACLU of West Virginia (an NJJN member), DHHR recently announced that those plans have been halted. Read the full story here.
Florida Member Pushes Legislation to Reform State's Direct File Procedures
The Southern Poverty Law Center of Florida (SPLC-FL), an NJJN member, has introduced legislation that, if passed, will significantly reform the state's direct file procedures. While current law does allow judges to determine which cases involving youth are processed in adult court, direct file-a process by which prosecutors have unilateral discretion to file cases to adult court-is far more common. The new legislation, H.B. 129 / S.B. 314, would set limits on the use of direct file; the bill creates a complete list of eligible offenses, tiered by age range. All other transfers would be subject to hearing before a judge. Read the full story here.
Other News and Announcements
The Pre-Trial Justice Institute held an informational webcast for individuals interested in enrolling in their state 3DaysCount Campaign. The recording is available here.
OJJDP just released the solicitation for FY2016 Second Chance Act Grant Opportunity: Implementing Statewide Plans to Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, launched a new initiative: The Youth in Custody Practice Model (YICPM). Learn more
The following news articles on juvenile justice and related issues appeared over the last month:
CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.