JJ Monitor 
April 2019
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Join CJJ for Hill Day 2019!
On June 19, CJJ's members will have the opportunity to meet with their Congressional Delegations during our annual Hill Day!
This event gives CJJ members and allies a unique opportunity to meet in person with their Congressional Delegations to discuss the importance of successful implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the essential role that federal funding plays in the states. 

In advance of these meetings, participants will be able to attend training sessions during the 2019 Annual Conference.

Hill Day attendees will receive:
  • Information about effective advocacy techniques;
  • Talking points they can use during their meetings; and
  • Materials they can print and leave behind with Congressional offices.
Participants should schedule their own meetings on Capitol Hill.  For information on how to schedule meetings, or if you are an individual conference attendee who would like to be partnered with others from your state, please contact Naomi Smoot at or (202) 467-0864 ext. 113.

CJJ's 2019 Annual Conference
 in Washington, D.C.   More than 350 juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, and advocates from across the country are expected to attend. 

A draft of the conference agenda can be viewed here

CJJ's 2019 Annual Conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically:
  • How do changes to the JJDPA impact states' work?
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system for our most vulnerable youth? 
  • How can we better collaborate with young people with lived experiences in the systems with which we work?  
  • 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?  
For questions, please contact Laura Armstrong at

To register for the conference, click  here Don't miss out! Registration rates increase on April 30.

Hotel accommodations can be made at a discounted rate here.

Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities:
CJJ invites you to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at our Annual Conference. Sponsoring or exhibiting is an easy and affordable way to promote your program, publication, or institution to a targeted professional audience while supporting CJJ's continuing efforts towards juvenile justice reform and leadership development.

Click  here to learn more.  Click  here  to apply to exhibit, or contact CJJ Executive Director Naomi Smoot at  for more details. 

Executive Board Nominations:
CJJ will hold elections during the conference for the following Executive Board positions. Nominations are due May 20 for: 
Applicants for all positions except Regional Representatives and National DMC Coordinator must be a member of their State Advisory Group (SAG). The Emerging Leaders Committee Chair must be a SAG member and also be 23 or younger on June 22, 2019.

To apply for one of these positions, please click  here
CJJ's 2019 Youth Summit
The 2019 Youth Summit " Catalysts for Equity and Change " will take place July 31- August 1 at the University of Washington Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington. 

The Youth Summit is expected to bring together more than 150 young people from across the country to network and learn about ways young people are working to improve juvenile justice systems nationally. This year's event is being hosted and developed by CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee. 

Hotel reservations can be made  here at a discounted rate at the  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tacoma Downtown.

To register click  here.

Early Bird Registration

April 4 - May 5

Members: $80
Non-Members: $95

Regular Registration

May 6 - June 6

Members: $95
Non-Members: $110

Late Registration

June 7 - July 15

Members: $110
Non-Members: $120

CJJ Is Turning 35!         
CJJ is celebrating 35 years of service to our members and young people across the country. Our work to create equitable outcomes for youth and families would be impossible without the support and dedication on the part of our members. 
To com memorate more than three decades of working with our state and federal partners to improve juvenile justice systems and foster authentic youth partnerships, we are asking for photo submissions from previous CJJ conferences, trainings, and events that will be included as part of a presentation at our Annual Conference in June. 

Please email with any submissions by June 1.
CJJR's 2019 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) has released an RFA for the 2019 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program. This new field-based version of the training will be held from September 23-27, 2019 in partnership with the National Association of Counties, American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice.

This opportunity allows a total of seven  multi-disciplinary teams, of up to eight people each, from one state to jointly apply to hold the training locally. The selected state cluster will receive the five-day Certificate Program training and a Capstone Year technical assistance (TA) package, during which the teams will be provided two on-site cluster visits from CJJR staff and subject matter experts, as well as ongoing distance TA and consultation through phone, email, and webinars. The total cost of the program is $160,000, and the selected cluster of jurisdictions must identify a fiscal agent among them to enter into one contract with CJJR. Funding sources could come from the local counties, a state agency, and/or foundations interested in this area of focus, or some combination thereof. 

The program will focus on creating a safe and supportive school-climate; addressing exclusionary disciplinary policies; building cross-system partnerships; school-based diversion programs; trauma-informed classrooms; the role of school resource officers; and disrupting school-justice pathways for youth with behavioral health needs. Upon approval of a Capstone Project Proposal initiating or building on local reform efforts, participants receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and join CJJR's Network of over 1,100 Fellows.

Please email to learn more about the program content and application process, and answer any questions you may have.

Applications are due by Friday, May 24, 2019. Apply to bring CJJR to you!

Job Opportunities
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Charitable Trusts is looking for an individual to join their team as a Juvenile Justice Research and Public Safety Performance Project Manager

The person will:
  • manage and mentor a team that conducts juvenile justice research while also funding and overseeing external research contracts;
  • craft a research agenda that informs juvenile justice policy making and helps move the juvenile justice field forward; and
  • help translate juvenile justice data and research for policy making audiences as part of a project that helps states and localities implement data-driven, research-informed solutions to challenging juvenile and criminal justice problems
To learn more or apply, click here. 

Vermont Department of Children and  Families
The Department of Children and Families has an opportunity for a Juvenile Justice Coordinator to join their team. This position is open to all state employees and external applicants.

This person will:
  • manage the State Advisory Board (SAB) which entails membership recruitment and orientation, development of agendas, organizing monthly advisory board meetings, adhering to established protocol and policy, coordinating and supporting subcommittee work and meetings, and
  • be responsible for the development of three-year plan which includes providing data and information to the advisory board to guide a comprehensive plan that includes policy and funding priorities;
  • monitor and report on allocations and programs funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and state funds overseen by the advisory board, and
  • develop annual reports to the Governor, legislature, congressional delegation, federal administering office, and national coalition of State Advisory Boards 
  • monitor and provide trainings to assure Vermont's compliance with JJDPA Act mandates;
  • make recommendations on policies, rule, and statutes  as needed to ensure or create JJDPA Compliance
To learn more or apply, click  here. 

A Way Home America
A Way Home America is seeking a new National Director of the Grand Challenge. A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people.

This person will:
  • Provide overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance, and direction to the AWHA Grand Challenge in close partnership with the AWHA Director, and
  • Create a cohesive team climate in which a relentless drive for equity, deep respect for youth collaboration, accountability for outcomes, use of data-informed decision-making, initiative, good judgment, honest communication and continuous quality improvement are embraced by campaign staff and communities;
  • Serve as the innovation driver for the AWHA Grand Challenge - specifically providing a platform for young people and communities of color to inform the development of new or enhanced tools, products, services, technologies and systems in support of achieving the GC's transformational goal;
  • Maintain and further develop strategic partnerships with the Federal Government (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau) to promote new solutions emerging from GC communities and alignment across the movement to end youth homelessness
  • Serve as a liaison to the national leadership body of AWHA for the Grand Challenge
To learn more or apply, click here.


Upcoming Webinars  
Today, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

Research shows youth confined in adult jails and lockups are more likely to come back into contact with the system and that, while confined, they are at pronounced higher risks for suffering assault and committing suicide. This webinar will explain how  H.R. 6964, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, extends the JJDPA's jail removal and sight and sound core requirements to keep youth awaiting trial in criminal court out of adult jails and lockups and to ensure sight and sound separation in the limited circumstances where they are held in adult facilities.

Rachel Marshall, Federal Policy Counsel, Campaign for Youth Justice
May 16 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Under the JJDPA, states are required to assess and address racial and ethnic disparities at key points in the juvenile justice system. Studies indicate that youth of color receive tougher sentences and are more likely to be incarcerated than white youth for the same offenses. With youth of color comprising one-third of the youth population but two-thirds of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, this provision requires states and local jurisdictions to create action plans to address disparities within their systems. This webinar will discuss how states can shift from Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) to Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED), and provide examples of how states are addressing RED.

Craig Hargrow, CJJ National DMC Coordinator, Deputy Executive Director of Juvenile Justice/Second Look, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Trista Deame, Race Equity Coordinator, Office of Youth Justice, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Understanding the JJDPA: Girls and Sexually Exploited Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
July 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 
Girls are disproportionately involved in the justice system for offenses that present little or no threat to public safety. The vast majority of girls who enter the justice system have experienced trauma, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

For almost three decades, the JJDPA has required states to develop gender-specific policies for their juvenile justice system. The 2018 reauthorization expands upon those requirements, including eliminating the use of restraints on known pregnant youth and providing alternatives to detention for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

This webinar will discuss the changes in H.R. 6964 that affect girls and sexually exploited youth in the justice system and how states can continue to work towards addressing the unique needs of this population.

K. Shakira Washington, Ph.D., MPA, Vice President   ,  National Crittenton
Cherice Hopkins, Staff Attorney, Rights4Girls
All webinars are free for CJJ members. To become a member, click  here .

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 or  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 guidelines 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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Member Spotlight: Maine
Tree Street Youth is a full-service youth center funded by Maine's State Advisory Group. Tree Street serves 750 Lewiston-Auburn youth, ages 4-25, in one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in the state. Tree Street provides a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference. Nearly all youth who are involved in programs at the center live at or below the poverty level; 85% identify as people of color, and 23 languages are spoken in the building. Tree Street's programs are grounded in youth driven responses to community needs that include leadership and workforce development, social emotional support, and college and career readiness. 

The Sequoia Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Next Step High Innovative High School program are some of Tree Streets many innovative programs. Sequoia is a uniquely designed reporting center model that offers an alternate community-based placement for moderate- to high-risk youth currently involved in the juvenile corrections system. The Sequoia program is funded through a partnership between the Department of Corrections and the Maine State Advisory Group. Sequoia is designed so the juvenile courts can mandate youth to attend the program for a specific time period or in order to reach a specific goal. The program monitors youth from 2 PM - 8 PM, five days a week, while developing and implementing individualized plans focused on academic, leadership, workforce development, and providing specific restorative and novel activity group programming directed by youth needs. 

Other News and Announcements
  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is expanding its Young Adult Leadership Council -- a group of outstanding young people who shape NCLD's programs, serve as spokespeople on important issues, and participate in advocacy at all levels. Applications are due by May 3. More information about this opportunity is available here, or contact Kelly Fomalont at
  • The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice is now accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming a certified Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice (MHT-JJ) trainer.
  • The California Homeless Youth Project (CHYP) and the ACLU Foundations of California released joint reports exploring the ways that California public schools and colleges can better support students experiencing homelessness.
  • The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a report focused on a 10-year plan to end girls' incarceration through gender and culturally informed practices.
  • The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice published a report detailing the ways in which families and communities can better support youth during the re-entry process.
  • The Campaign for Youth Justice released a report that offers recommendations for policy and practice changes to better serve youth charged as adults and provides alternatives for communities to help think through placements for young people beyond adult jails and lockups.
CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.