JJ Monitor
December 2017/
January 2018

New Emerging Leaders Committee Appointed to Collaborate on CJJ's Advocacy Efforts

Aazia-Marie Ross

Jacob C armickle

Femi Fadeyi
Kate Sanchez

Aaron Toleofoa
Earlier this month, 10 young leaders from across the country joined the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's Emerging Leaders Committee. Members hail from nine states and range in age from 16 to 24. Over the next year, they will work in collaboration and partnership with CJJ staff and committees. They will further develop their skills in public speaking, writing, and advocacy, all while pursuing their goal of creating a more just and equitable system for their fellow youth. 

" I joined the Emerging Leaders Committee because as a youth and some of my adult life I've been incarcerated with little understanding of the system, and I would like to be a part of the change that is needed to build a better system of recovery, not punishment for the young people of my community," said Christopher Jones, age 22 of Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Jacob Carmickle, 20, of Bellingham, Wa., meanwhile, hopes to help show that young people are more than just the errors they make as children. 

"I joined the Emerging Leaders Committee because I believe that young people should not be incarcerated for mass amounts of time, but provided opportunity to be rehabilitated so we can show we are not the crimes we committed as youth," he said. 

Jacob and his colleague Aaron are currently members of the Washington State Advisory Group. They are excited to bring their perspective to the ELC. 

"I am proud to join the ELC to help further the nation's insight on the experience of a youth in the juvenile justice system," said Aaron Toleofoa. 

The committee includes four young people who are already serving on their State Advisory Groups, and five people with lived experience in the justice system. Their reasons for joining the ELC are varied, but they all share one common goal: to create more equitable and just systems for our youth. 

" I want to help remove unjust and undue constraints in young people's lives," said Nicholas Turco, 19 who is part of the Colorado State Advisory Group. 

Kate Sanchez, 24, of Florida, expressed similar sentiments. "Luck should not be a major factor in youth's success inside and outside of the juvenile justice system," she said. 

Femi Fadeyi, 24 of Burtonsville, Md., hopes to use his time on the ELC to elevate the voice of young people on State Advisory Groups. Aazia-Marie Ross, 22 of Minnesota is an artist and activist whose work centers on creating effective alternative programs to combat over incarceration, counter biases within the justice system and strengthen relationships between community and corrections.

The group will collaborative with CJJ on new and ongoing policy initiatives. Their work is being supported through contributions from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

CJJ Announcements
2018 Annual Conference: Registration Now Open
CJJ will host it's Annual Conference on June 27-30 at the Hyatt  Regency on Capitol Hill. Join us in Washington, D.C. for " At The Intersections: How 
A draft of the agenda can be found here . To register or book your hotel today click here

Submit a Workshop Proposal Today!
CJJ is currently accepting workshop proposals for our 2018 Annual Conference. To learn more click  here , or to submi t a proposal directly click  here . All workshop proposals are due Jan. 12, 2018. For more information email

Submit a Table Talk Proposal Today!
CJJ will be adding Table Talks as part of the agenda for 2018! These informal conversations will present participants with information about key issues in juvenile justice and provide them with a space to network and share key challenges and successes from their states. Those interested in facilitating a Table Talk should click  here. Topics are due January 12, 2018.  

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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  here  or contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at

Executive Board Nominations
Interested in serving on CJJ's Executive Board? Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of CJJ's 
Regional Chairs , and our  National JJ Specialist . Click  here  to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions. Elections will be held during our 2018 Annual Conference.   

CJJ Annual Awards
Each year, CJJ honors leaders in our field with the  A.L. Carlisle AwardSpirit of Youth Award, and the  Tony Gobar Award. To nominate yourself or someone else for one of these awards, please click  here

Stay tuned for additional details and speaker announcements!

Upcoming Webinars
Join us at 3:00 p.m. on January 18, 2018 to learn more about "Implementing Justice: State Advisory Groups' Critical Role in Reducing Incarceration."  This webinar will feature Utah lawmakers and members of their State Advisory Group who will explain Utah's  sweeping reforms that were enacted in 2017. These reforms aim to reduce the state's population of incarcerated youth by nearly 47 percent by 2022. The changes will free up nearly $70 million over the next five years, funds that will be reinvested into evidence-based practices. Join us to learn more about the SAG's role in this important work.

To learn more about the webinar and how to register, click here

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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Federal Policy Update
President Announces Intent to Nominate OJJDP Administrator
President Donald Trump announced his intent this week to nominate Caren Harp as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Ms. Harp previously resided in Arkansas, and currently teaches law at Liberty University. She is a former director of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center and serves on the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Steering Committee for their Vision 21 Project. Ms. Harp authored an op ed earlier this year for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, which can be found here

Other News and Announcements
  • NTTAC's website and the OJJDP Online University will retire on December 22, 2017. For information about OJJDP's Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) services and resources, please visit OJJDP's website at or contact the OJJDP TTA Help Desk.  The OJJDP TTA Help Desk can be reached at its new toll free telephone number: 1-833-647-0513 or via email at    
  • Vera has released a new report on incarceration in New York. 
  • OJJDP has released two new briefs on mentoring-related studies. The first, "Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring" is available here. The second, entitled "Mentoring Best Practices Research: Effectiveness of Juvenile Mentoring for Youth on Parole and Probation in Ohio," is available here
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