JJ Monitor 
July 2019
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CJJ's 2019 Youth Summit!
CJJ's 2019 Youth Summit "Catalysts for Equity  and Change" will take place  July 30-August 1  at the  University of Tacoma Washington  in Tacoma, Wa. Join our livestream here. The Youth Summit brings together young leaders and advocates from across the country who are passionate about juvenile justice reform and expanding their professional networks.

The Summit's theme, content, and agenda were developed by members of CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC). ELC Members will present on topics including but not limited to, juvenile justice and mental health, self-care, juvenile justice and immigration, and strategic sharing.

To view the final agenda, please click here.

Connect with CJJ on YAPP
CJJ is excited to  launch a free app through the YAPP Platform to make materials more readily accessible  to Youth Summit participants . The app includes the full agenda, schedule, speaker information, and more! 

To get started on YAPP, click here.

Stay tuned to our social media sites for Youth Summit updates and photo highlights!
Tag your photos using #CJJYouthSummit and #IAmACatalyst!
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Training and Technical Assistance Opportunity
Each year, nearly 1 million young people become involved with law enforcement and/or the justice system.  In some cases, this involvement may be due to lack of shelter or other necessities. This can sometimes occur when a young person is arrested for a curfew violation due to lack of stable housing, or when they are arrested for theft for stealing food, or money to buy food. In other cases, youth who are arrested and released (either through a diversion program or after spending time in a juvenile detention facility) may experience homelessness because they are either unable to return to their families due to restrictions imposed by landlords or public housing authorities, or because families are unwilling or unable to have young people return due to family conflict.  

To address the intersections between youth homelessness and juvenile justice, CJJ designed the training and technical assistance program Collaborating for Change: Addressing the Intersections of Youth Homelessness and Juvenile JusticeThis training is available for communities that have already been selected to take part in HUD's  Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). It aims to provide selected communities with additional training and technical assistance related to the intersections between the youth homelessness and juvenile justice systems. 

Selected communities will receive supports in assessing their policies and practices related to the criminalization of youth homelessness, accessibility of diversion programs and ways to improve reentry planning for young people who are returning to the community from juvenile justice system involvement. 

To learn more about this program and apply for technical  assistance , please click here

All materials must be submitted by Monday, August 5

Application packets should be sent to Laura Armstrong, CJJ's Policy & Field Relations Associate, at

Applications can also be faxed to (202) 887-0738, or sent by postal mail to 1319 F Street NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20004. 

An application may also be submitted online  here .

Seeking Workshops for CJJ's 2019 National 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. 

CJJ is accepting workshop proposals for the 2019 conference through August 10! At this year's event, workshop sessions will be held Wednesday-Thursday, November 20-21, and will be slotted into one of four tracks: Skills, Tools or Training, Promising Practices, Policy and Advocacy, and Bridging Research, Practice, and Policy.  In an effort to make sessions more interactive, priority will be given to workshops that do not require PowerPoint presentations. 

To review the request for workshop proposals, please click here

To submit a workshop proposal directly, click here.

Early Bird Registration Available until August 10
Interested in joining us in Scottsdale for this year's Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference?

The conference will focus on:
  • 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?
Register here early and save!

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

For questions, please contact Laura Armstrong at

Early Bird Registration

July 10 - Aug 10




Regular Registration

Aug 11- Sept 15




Late Registration

Sept 16 - Nov 1




CJJ Welcomes New Executive Board Members
In June, Pastor Edward Palmer of Kentucky was named National Chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) d uring CJJ's 2019 Annual Conference Pastor Palmer will take over the helm of CJJ's Executive  Board from the Hon. Steve Teske of Clayton County, Ga. Judge Teske has led CJJ as its National Chair for the past two years, and will now assume the role of Immediate Past Chair. 

Michelle Diaz was elected by state representatives from across the country to serve as National Vice Chair. Diaz is a member of the New York State Advisory Group. She first started working with CJJ nearly five years ago, most recently serving as immediate past chair of CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee. 

Aaron Toleafoa of Washington State was elected to take over as Emerging Leaders Committee Chair. Toleafoa is a current member of the committee. He is currently housed at Green Hill School where he uses his lived expertise with the juvenile justice system to help improve policy at the state and federal level.

Also joining the Executive Board for the first time are William Jernigan, Gordon McHenry, and Lt. Carlos Camacho. Jernigan, a native of West Baltimore, will serve as National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator, while McHenry, Chair of the Washington State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice will serve as Western Regional Representative. Lt. Camacho, of New Hampshire, will serve as Northeastern Regional Representative.
Federal Appropriations
Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020
Before October 1st, Congress must approve federal spending for discretionary programs,
including juvenile justice funding for state programs. The House Appropriations Subcommittee recently passed  their proposed funding for FY2020,  H.R. 3055. The bill included a slight increase for juvenile justice programming. The House approved $66 million for funding for Title II, as compared to $60 million in FY2019 (a 10% increase). The bill also includes $64.5 million for Title V with $31.5 unearmarked for the Youth PROMISE Program. Additionally, the House approved  $10 million for JABG, which is the first time funding has been approved since FY2014, and $100 million for mentoring (a 5.27% increase from FY2019). The Senate will need to release a budget proposal for FY2020 before juvenile justice allocations are finalized.  It is essential to our young people that Members of Congress increase funding for juvenile justice and ensure that the JJDPA is fully funded at its authorized level. 

Upcoming Webinar 

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: Utah
Juvenile Record Expungement Clinics
Due to the common misconception that juvenile records are automatically sealed once youth turn 18 years old, adults with previous juvenile justice system involvement may face educational and professional barriers if their juvenile records are not expunged.

However, the record expungement process can be both time-consuming and costly. In most jurisdictions in the United States,  individuals  must file a petition and pay a fee in order to have their juvenile records expunged. This process can be difficult to navigate alone and often presents a financial burden that many cannot afford to take on.  Attorneys in Utah recognized that this issue was faced by many members in their communities and took action. 

In October of 2018, the state's first Juvenile Record Expungement Clinic was created through a grant from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Through this grant, dozens of clinic participants over the age of 18 received waivers for fingerprint paperwork, a background check, and court filing.  The finished paperwork goes to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification and a person may have a court hearing where a judge orders or denies the expungement. 

This spring, a second two-hour clinic was held at the 4th District Court in Provo, Utah. The clinic assists individuals in navigating what can be an overwhelming process, and helps them take the necessary steps to achieve brighter futures.  The clinic will be held quarterly for the next two years at each district court in the state. If there is more need in a particular district, state officials will consider holding another clinic in the same district.
Other News and Announcements
  • The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public conference call on July 23 at 10:45 a.m. to discuss their forthcoming report that examines and offers recommendations for the practices and policies in place that protect students of color with disabilities from disparate treatment in schools.
  • The Campaign for Youth Justice will host a public viewing of Episode 4 from Ava DuVernay's groundbreaking series "When They See Us" July 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the True Reformer Building in Washington, DC.
  • Save the date! The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is planning a training that will take place Sept. 24-26 in Kansas City, Mo. to discuss updates to the JJDPA.
  • The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness published a brief in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center that explores how cross-sector partnerships between law enforcement and homelessness service providers can result in practices and policies that better meet the needs of youth and families experiencing homelessness.
  • The Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign released a report that examines the detrimental effects of solitary confinement on youth in custody. The report also provides juvenile justice agencies and providers with the tools and guidance needed to end the use of solitary confinement in their state and federal facilities.
  • The American Bar Association recently published an article on the importance of juvenile justice practitioners incorporating Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) into courtroom advocacy to better meet the needs of the young people they represent. 
  • The Center for American Progress released a report that discusses the overrepresentation of LGBTQ+ youth in the juvenile justice system and promotes promising practices aimed to reduce system involvement and ensure equitable care if youth who identify as LGBTQ+  do become involved with the juvenile justice system. 
CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.