CJJ's 2019 Youth Summit "Catalysts for Equity
and Change" will take place
July 30-August 1
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.
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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.
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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 Justice. This 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
, please click
All materials must be submitted by Monday, August 5.
Application packets should be sent to Laura Armstrong, CJJ's Policy & Field Relations Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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:
early and save!
- 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?
Early Bird Registration
July 10 - Aug 10
Aug 11- Sept 15
Sept 16 - Nov 1
CJJ Welcomes New Executive Board Members
August 15 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system can experience numerous barriers when transitioning back into their communities, including obtaining employment, securing stable, safe, and affordable housing, and transferring school credits.
The 2018 reauthorization of the JJDPA sets out, for the first time, language related to reentry plans for youth who are returning to the community. This is a critically important step to ensure that young people exit the justice system to safe, stable, and secure housing. Research has shown that 44% of young people who are experiencing homelessness report that they have also spent time in a jail or detention facility.
This webinar will discuss language in the the new JJDPA regarding reentry, how states can work with youth, families, schools, businesses, and community-based organizations when planning for reentry, and provide examples of successful programs.
Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
Lisa Pilnik, Senior Advisor, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click here.
CJJ is looking for bloggers for
to author stories and posts about juvenile justice. We're particularly interested in stories from
State Advisory Group members
or staff, CJJ
, and CJJ
, 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
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 email@example.com for more details.
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,
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.
- 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.
NEW PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness published a
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
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
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
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.
The Juvenile Justice Monitor is brought to you by staff and volunteer leaders of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and supported by membership fees paid by CJJ's State Advisory Group Members, Members at Large, Organizational Members, and allies. We are grateful to all for their ongoing support.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
1319 F Street NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20004