JJ Monitor
November 2017

New Report Highlights High Rates of Youth Homelessness: 
Shows Juvenile Justice Link
A new report released Wednesday by Chapin Hall shows that one in 10 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 experience some form of homelessness. The numbers for youth ages 13 to 17 stand at one in 30. 

Youth who experience homelessness were more likely to have been incarcerated than their peers. Youth incarceration rates among the general population stand at 15 percent. The report shows, however, that among youth who have experienced homelessness, the incarceration rate is closer to 46 percent. 

CJJ remains committed to helping address the intersections of youth homelessness and juvenile justice! To learn more about ways that your state or community can help ensure that young people are not incarcerated because they are experiencing homelessness, and that they do not experience homelessness because they have been incarcerated, check out our  Principles for Change.

CJJ Emerging Leaders Host First Virtual Youth Summit 
On Nov. 11, CJJ hosted its first Virtual Youth Summit. This event brought together young leaders from across the country, including a group of young men from Washington State's Greenhill School. Participants shared spoken word poetry, learned about the role of race and gender in the juvenile justice system, and explored the essential role of youth collaboration.  This virtual gathering enabled youth to join together remotely - regardless of their geographic location - to engage in a conversation and learning experience with their peers.  

Content for CJJ's 2017 Virtual Youth Summit was developed by CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee and CJJ's National Emerging Leaders Committee Chair, Michelle Diaz. Michelle is a member of the New York State Advisory Group.  

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 Federal, State, and Local Partners Can Work Together to Improve Juvenile Justice ". 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 submit a proposal directly click  here . All workshop proposals are due Jan. 12, 2018. For more information email

Submit Table Talk!
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.  

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  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.   

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 CJJ Webinars
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Youth Incarceration
Disproportionate minority contact (DMC) remains a major issue within the juvenile justice system. The Sentencing Project has undertaken new research on the issue of DMC to discover the rate at which youth of color are incarcerated as compared to their white peers. They will share these findings with the SAGs on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Their new findings show that African American youth are five times more likely to be incarcerated than white youth, while Native American youth are three times more likely to be incarcerated than white youth. Latino youth, meanwhile, are 65% more likely to be held in detention. Join us as we delve into their recent research findings, and discuss potential solutions to this ongoing problem. SAGs will have the opportunity to learn more from  Joshua Rovner, Juvenile Justice Advocacy Associate at The Sentencing Project

Click    here  to register today!

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Member Spotlight
Hawaii launches Truancy Court Collaboration Program in Kaua'i
Melinda Montgomery, Chair of Hawaii's Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council has helped pilot a Truancy Court Collaboration program in Kaua'i. The project brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including the Fifth Circuit Family Court, the Department of Education, Department of Health, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Attorney General's Office, Hale Kipa, and the Kaua'i Police Department. Together, they developed strategies and opportunities for youth to succeed in school. The stakeholders aimed to provide trauma-informed supports and early interventions for students who begin to skip school, moving away from the traditional practice of filing a petition with the Attorney General and scheduling a court date.

Instead of court, the student is referred to a multidisciplinary team that connects with families and students and seeks to address the root causes of the student's absences. Through mentoring and related services, they strive to keep students from contacting the system.

Since implementing the program, Melinda reports that referrals to the court for truancy have gone from 260 during the last school year, to none this year.

Colorado State Advisory Group's Emerging Leader, Crystal Murillo, Elected to City Council
Crystal Murillo, 23, was recently elected to the Aurora City Council in Colorado. She is the youngest council member in her city, and and was the first one in her family to graduate from high school and later from college. Murillo's goal is to give people the right resources to succeed in the community.  Click here  to learn more about Murillo and her recent electoral victory.

Federal Policy Update
Funding Package Expected By End of the Year
Members of the House and Senate are reportedly considering a short term budget resolution that would keep the government funded and operating through the end of the year. The stop gap would buy leaders more time to finalize spending measures for FY'18. Currently, a continuing budget resolution is in place that runs through Dec. 8. The resolution that runs through Dec. 8 maintains federal appropriations for juvenile justice programs at their FY'17 levels, which included $55 million for Title II of the JJDPA, $14.5 million for Title V of the JJDPA, and $80 million for mentoring. 

Other News and Announcements
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