JJ Monitor
September 2015
As communities across the country work to avoid youth incarceration and increase use of community-based interventions, many still struggle with responses to youth who run away from home, skip school, or commit other "status offenses." To aid our members and allies in these efforts, CJJ has created a training curriculum on " Improving Responses to Youth Charged with Status Offenses ." Each module in this curriculum includes an instructor's guide, PowerPoint slides, and handout materials that will allow trainers with basic subject matter expertise to deliver this training to a wide range of audiences. Upon completion of the training, participants will understand and be able to effectively advocate for, and identify how to implement, the principles outlined in the  National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses  in their jurisdiction.
The curriculum is part of CJJ's Safety, Opportunity and Success (SOS) Project. CJJ also offers all current members free introductory assistance using/adapting the curriculum. More in-depth, fee-based assistance is available for members and non-members. For more information contact  CJJ Deputy Executive Director, Lisa Pilnik, at
CJJ Announcements
Become a CJJ Member!
Many young people are heading back to school this month! CJJ and its members believe that all youth should have the opportunity to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Our shared goal is to ensure that youth have the ability to spend their days in schools, preparing to become educated, productive adults, rather than in the court system.
We encourage all State Advisory Groups, individuals, and organizations to join CJJ's growing coalition of juvenile justice advocates!  As a member, you are lending your voice to ensure that every school environment is welcoming to students and families and designed for student success. 
As a CJJ member, your benefits include:
  • Discounts on registration for all CJJ conferences;
  • Training and technical assistance on juvenile justice issues;
  • Representation with federal policymakers in Congress and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention;
  • Information sharing and peer support with our network of 8,000+ state and local juvenile justice practitioners;
  • Priority placement in the monthly Juvenile Justice Monitor newsletter;
  • Priority selection to exhibit and/or present at CJJ events; and
  • Much more! 
Click here to learn more about how and why you should become a CJJ member! Contact Jessica Russell Murphy at with any questions.  
Webinar on Police, Youth, and Community Relations
Recent events have highlighted the need to improve relations among police, youth, and communities and to better equip police officers with the knowledge and tools to work with youth. Please join CJJ for a webinar on "Police, Youth, and Community Relations: Practical Strategies to Build Trust and Positive Outcomes" on Monday, September 21 at 1:30pm EST.
Participants will learn how youth, community-based organizations, adolescent development and mental health experts, and police have helped train officers on effective skills to interact with youth. Presenters will discuss how outreach programs have facilitated constructive dialogues between police, youth, and communities.
Presenters include:
This webinar is the second in a series of CJJ webinars on police, youth, and community relations. Please click  here  to check out materials and resources from the first webinar with the Center for Court Innovation's Youth Justice Board.
Webinar on Boys and Trafficking
Boys, much like girls, are at risk of falling prey to human trafficking. It can be difficult, however, to identify them as survivors and to secure the specialized services necessary to address their experiences. Please join CJJ for a webinar on "Boys and Trafficking: Identifying and Serving Silent Survivors" on October 6 at 3:00pm ET.
This webinar, which is part of a series of webinars on the topic of human trafficking, will discuss the prevalence of boys among survivors of trafficking, and some of the unique challenges that exist for them. Presenters will share new data about the pervasiveness of human trafficking among boys and how one local jurisdiction is responding to the needs of male trafficking victims in their community.
The webinar will feature: 
  • Tina Frundt, Founder and Executive Director, Courtney's House, a DC-based organization that works with survivors of human trafficking
  • Meredith Dank, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
CJJ in the News
CJJ staff have been cited in various articles for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. On August 20, Senior Policy Associate Naomi Smoot was quoted in " JJDPA Could Clear Way for Other Juvenile Justice Reforms." She said, "If the Senate passes the [JJDPA], other juvenile justice legislation could gather momentum in [its] wake." She goes on to discuss how juvenile justice fits into the broader reform efforts for the criminal justice system. In " Increase in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers Say," Deputy Executive Director Lisa Pilnik discusses how policymakers are recognizing that juvenile justice reform is more cost-effective than incarceration. She states, "I would hope that we are now in a place as a country where the people making the laws realize that one headline shouldn't change how we treat kids."
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Member and Partner News
CJJ's State Advisory Groups (SAGs), Individual, and Organizational Members
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations from our members. Learn more about our membership. 
Member Spotligh t: CJJ's Youth Members 
CJJ's Youth Members are thriving in the world of juvenile justice reform. Alton Pitre recently penned an op-ed in JJIE entitled " Once-Incarcerated Youth Are Now Faces of Freedom ." He discusses the poetry video and writing classes that have helped him and so many others that have been involved the California juvenile justice system. Jackson Blackwell recently penned an article that ran in the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice's newsletter . He wrote about attending CJJ's Youth Summit, remarking that "the things that some of the other leaders have gone through and rebounded [from] is truly amazing."
We are so proud of what our Youth Members continuously contribute to CJJ and juvenile justice reform at large. If you are under the age of 25 and want to join this inspiring group of emerging leaders, click here to learn more.  
null Act4JJ Coalition
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations from the Act4JJ Coalition
JJDPA Congressional Briefing
CJJ invites you to join an in-depth Congressional briefing hosted by the Act4JJ Coalition. The event will take place TODAY from 2:00-3:30pm in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385. This briefing will provide an overview of the JJDPA and the ways in which it diverts youth from the juvenile justice system involvement, saves taxpayer dollars and most importantly, promotes safer, stronger and healthier youth, families and communities.  Click here for more information. To RSVP, please contact .
Act4JJ Publishes Mobilizing Toolkit
The Act4JJ Coalition has created a mobilizing toolkit on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. It contains messaging and talking points that advocates can use to explain why the JJDPA matters. It also contains sample action alerts, social media posts, letters to the editor, blog posts, and postcards. Click here for the full toolkit.  
Center for Coordinated Assistance to States
Each issue, CJJ is pleased to highlight the latest news and innovations of the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS).
Crossover Youth Practice Model
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy recently published an issue brief on the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) titled, "CYPM in Brief: Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth." The brief discusses the relationship between behavioral health and crossover youth, the ways in which the CYPM addresses behavioral health, and how one jurisdiction has utilized the CYPM to address behavioral health outcomes.
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.
New Issue Brief on Diverting Youth at Probation Intake 
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice released, "Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative." This brief discusses an initiative in Texas to divert youth with suspected mental health needs away from juvenile justice processing. The Front-End Diversion Initiative uses specialized juvenile probation officers to link these youth and their families to community services and to divert these youth from adjudication within the juvenile justice system. 
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. 
Louisiana Member Launches Site to Show Families Ongoing Hardships Post-Katrina
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (an NJJN member) recently partnered with the Advancement Project to spotlight the ways in which New Orleans' residents-particularly residents of color-continue to feel Hurricane Katrina's effects. is a website that provides readers with data-driven "reality checks" that emphasize New Orleans' ongoing struggles in areas like affordable housing, access to quality education, criminal justice and mass incarceration, economic inequality, and environmental justice. Learn more about the project and its relationship to youth justice reform.
Meet the Fellows: Kathy Wright
Recently, we spoke with 2015 Youth Justice Leadership Institute alum Kathy Wright about her work organizing families and youth involved in the justice system in New Jersey. She is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Parents' Caucus Learn more about Ms. Wright and her work.
Other News and Announcements
The National Center for School Engagement is offering data collection and evaluation training for truancy program managers and coordinators in Denver, Colorado from October 5-6. Learn more.
The National Symposium on Juvenile Services will take place on September 27-October 1. The event  brings together the leadership and direct care professionals for training, networking, and information sharing. Learn more.
The 11th Annual Strengthening Youth & Families Conference  will take place October 14-15 in San Marcos, Texas. Learn more
The Children of Incarcerated Parents are hosting a webinar entitled, "Educators are Critical Partners in Making a Difference in the Lives of Children of Incarcerated Parents." Register now
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.