JJ Monitor 
August 2019
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CJJ's 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference
CJJ's  2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference  "A Time for Action: Combating Racial and Ethnic Disparities through Inclusion, Equity, and Respect" will take place November 20-21 at the  Scottsdale Plaza Resort  in Scottsdale, Az. 

CJJ's Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference brings together juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the country to share promising practices, findings, and strategize about ways to eliminate the racial and ethnic disparities that exist within our youth serving systems. 

Interested in joining us in Scottsdale for this year's Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference?

The conference will explore the following:
  • How are communities taking action to address and end racial and ethnic disparities?
  • How do we shift our focus and work from Disproportionate Minority Contact to Racial and Ethnic Disparities?
  • What role does data collection play in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities, and how can collection be improved?
  • What changes can be made at the system's front end to reduce racial and ethnic disparities?
  • How can youth advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary, and community leaders work together to combat the crisis?
Registration for this event is available  here

Hotel reservations are available at a discounted rate at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, and can be made here.

Stay tuned for a draft agenda!

For questions, please contact Laura Armstrong at

Regular Registration

Aug 11- Sept 15




Late Registration

Sept 16 - Nov 1




2019 Youth Summit
This year's Youth Summit, "Catalysts for Equity and Change ", took place July 31-Aug. 1, in Tacoma, Wa. The event brought together young leaders and advocates from across the country for a live and web-based training.

CJJ Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) members Aaron Toleafoa, Guillermo Padillas, Garrett Comer, and Joseph Huntley led several workshops  to educate participants  about the juvenile justice system from the perspective of those who are currently system involved. CJJ ELC member Evan Quaintance led a workshop on the intersection of juvenile justice and mental health and addressed the barriers to mental health treatment that many system-involved youth face. Keynote speaker Noah Schultz shared about the importance of lifting up the voices of those who are directly impacted by the juvenile justice system and mass incarceration.
The event was hosted at the University of Tacoma Washington in Tacoma, Wa., and shared via webcast with those who could not join in person. 

A photo recap of the 2019 Youth Summit is available here.

Upcoming Webinars 

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: Missouri
Missouri has made addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities within their juvenile justice system a top priority. 

 The reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in December of 2018, resulted in updates to the Act's four core protections and sweeping system-wide changes for state and local juvenile justice agencies. One of the most significant changes to the Act is the shift from Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) to Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED). In Missouri, State Advisory Group members and juvenile justice agencies are already taking steps to implement these new changes into their pre-existing methods of addressing and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

There are currently 8 active Racial and Ethnic Disparity sites in Missouri. Their work is overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of key juvenile justice stakeholders and advocates. Local racial and ethnic disparity coordinators from each site meet also have the opportunity to meet quarterly to discuss individual progress and barriers, and strategize best practices for addressing racial and ethnic disparities across jurisdictions.

State RED Coordinator Lora Hall facilitates monthly calls for local racial and ethnic disparity coordinators across Missouri that include educational programming and create a space for coordinators to discuss barriers to racial equity in their own jurisdictions and receive feedback and support from other coordinators. This work to improve inter-agency communication allows for more efficient information sharing among racial and ethnic disparity coordinators and other youth-serving professionals across the state and ensures that racial equity remains at the forefront of the minds of those working create more equitable outcomes for youth and families.
Federal Policy Update
Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019
On July 26, 2019, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced The Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill is the first to define "trauma-informed practices" in federal education code, and aims to provide educators with the training, resources, and support needed to administer trauma-informed care to all students.

The Trauma-Informed Schools Act  of 2019 designates federal funding for professional development opportunities, charter schools, and after school programs that utilize trauma-informed care to ensure that educators are able to identify and recognize how trauma can impact a student's ability learn, grow, and thrive in the classroom and beyond.

"Providing a greater availability of training and resources to assist our teachers and principals is critical to understanding the impact of traumatic experiences on students' ability to learn in the classroom,"  said Congressman Quigley in the official press release for the Act. 
Other News and Announcements
Events and Trainings
  • The Child Welfare League of America will hold their 2020 conference "Sharing Ideas that Strengthen Families and Engage Communities to Promote Child Well-Being", March 25-29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington DC. 
  • The 2019 International Criminology Conference will take place Oct. 31 at the Historic Quaker Meetinghouse in Washington DC. This event is sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization, the International Journal on Criminology, and the American Public University.
 New Publications and Resources
  • The Sentencing Project released a fact sheet on the increase of women and girls who experience system involvement, and the disproportionate rates at which women and girls of color face incarceration in comparison to their white peers. 
  • The Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform published a report detailing their partnership with the Harris County Youth Collective and the crucial work being done in Harris County in terms of meaningful youth engagement and collaboration.
  • Human Impact Partners released an evaluation framework that aims to assess and prevent racial inequities as a part of their work on the Los Angeles County Youth Diversion and Development Initiative. 
  • The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice published a report that focuses on strengthening New Jersey's community-based system of care for youth and families.
CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.