JJ Monitor 
June 2019
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Join Us in Tacoma for the 2019 Youth Summit!
Join us July 31 - August 1 for the  2019 Youth SummitCatalysts for Equity and Change, at the  University of Washington, Tacoma.

Each year, CJJ's Youth Summit brings together young people from across the country who are interested in juvenile justice reform. The Summit aims to cultivate and empower the next generation of leaders by providing them with the tools they need to leverage their lived expertise. Participants will learn about juvenile justice policy and have the opportunity to delve into key topics in the field. The Summit's theme, agenda, and content are created by the  CJJ 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 Releases New Report on SAG's as Agents for Change
For more than three decades, juvenile justice State Advisory Groups (SAGs) have played a critical role in improving juvenile justice systems at the state and local level. These governor-appointed bodies are tasked with ensuring that their states comply with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act's (JJDPA) four core protections for youth involved with the system.

Over the past decade, SAGs have faced a number of challenges. Since 2002 federal appropriations to states, localities, and tribes for juvenile justice programs have decreased drastically. Title II has been cut by 32.4%, Title V has been cut by 74%, and the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant has been completely zeroed out. With this decrease in funding, SAGs have had to adapt and find other ways to support youth in the juvenile justice system.

State Advisory Groups: Leading System Change seeks to help SAGs better understand ways they can help lead juvenile justice system improvements in their states and localities in the face of decreased funding. This report explores the role SAG's can play in compliance, educating policymakers, JJDPA implementation, and leveraging subcommittees and initiatives.

This report was made possible through the generous support of the Tow Foundation.

The full report is available here.

CJJ Kicks Off the 2019 Annual Conference "Bridging the Gap: Improving Outcomes for all Youth"!
Annual Awards Luncheon
Today CJJ honors leaders in the juvenile justice field at the 2019 Annual Awards. This year's awardees are Cecely Reardon (2019 A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award), Michael D. Pennington (2019 Tony Gobar Outstanding Juvenile Justice Specialist), and the Youth Advocates at Green Hill School (2019 Spirit of Youth Award).

  • Cecely Reardon is the recipient of the 2019 A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award. Whether serving as a public defender, general counsel, or SAG member, Cecely has continuously worked to ensure that all young people are connected to opportunities and services that allow them to grow into happy, healthy, successful adults.

  • Michael D. Pennington is this year's Tony Gobar Outstanding National Juvenile Justice Specialist. Michael has served at Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice Specialist for the past 14 years, where he has spearheaded a variety of reforms, including the creation of Pennsylvania's Resource Center for Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Programs and Practices.

  • Youth Advocates at Green Hill School will receive this year's Spirit of Youth Award. This group of young men has played an integral role in state juvenile justice reform, while at Green Hill School, a state-run detention facility in Washington.

To learn more about each of their accomplishments, please click  here.

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

To get started on YAPP, click here .

Stay tuned to our social media sites for conference updates and photo highlights!
Tag your conference photos using #CJJ2019!

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

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 the new JJDPA reentry requirements, how states can work with youth, families, schools, businesses, and community-based organizations when planning for reentry, and provide examples of successful programs.

Presenters:                                                                                                                                                    Darla Bardine, Executive Director,  National Network for Youth
Callie J. Hargett, Juvenile Justice Specialist, Minnesota 
Lisa Pilnik, Senior Advisor, Coalition for Juvenile Justice 

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click  here.

To register, 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: Colorado
The Colorado State Advisory Group (SAG) is currently reviewing the state's Children's Code, which includes their juvenile justice laws. Colorado reported, the SAG hired a facilitator and created a Code Review Committee in order to identify how the code can be improved to reflect adolescent development and brain development. 

Meg Williams, Colorado's Juvenile Justice Specialist says that "State Advisory Groups can play an incredibly important role in shaping their states' juvenile justice and delinquency prevention system(s). SAG members need to view themselves first as individuals with great education and/or experience that gives them a unique perspective on how the system currently works, what it does well and what can be improved. They then need to see themselves as a force for change when they work collectively together, as State Advisory Group. The diversity of sometimes opposing opinions voiced in SAG and SAG committee discussions is exactly what is needed in order to come to the best possible solutions." 

In 2015, when the Colorado SAG determined that they wanted to review the Children's Code, they informed OJJDP and requested guidance on how to move forward without violating federal lobbying laws. As reported by Colorado's SAG, "OJJDP advised that analyzing how the state code may or may not align with current research on the developmental approach to youth justice, including identifying broad implications for reform work, is an allowable activity for the SAG under Section 223(a)(3) of the JJDPA." The Code Review Committee operationalized this advice by creating a process for the Committee to identify basic issues, principles, and terms, such as cultural appropriateness, evidence-based, and restorative, that need to be changed or added. Using the basic issues, terms, and principles identified, the Committee assessed the state's current laws to determine if there were discrepancies between the law and best practices. If a concern was identified, the Committee would cite the concern, provide evidence or research supporting the concern, and, when possible, identify an alternative.

The Colorado SAG's efforts to review the Code have been successful. In April 2018, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 18-1013, which recognized the SAG's work and encouraged the SAG to redraft Article 2 of the Children's Code by August 2020. The resolution states "the important work of the [Code Review] Committee and the JJDP Council [SAG] is paramount to creating a developmentally appropriate juvenile justice system that promotes public safety, individual accountability, juvenile rehabilitation, and positive adolescent development."

To learn more, read CJJ's new report on SAG's as agents for change, available here.
Other News and Announcements
  • Chapin Hall published a report that included 215 in-depth interviews with youth and their unique experiences with homelessness and pathways to the juvenile justice system.
  • Chapin Hall and Youth Collaboratory released a report and recommended measures based on the findings of the Youth Outcomes Project, a national initiative to identify and promote common  outcomes and measures  for systems and programs working to prevent and end youth homelessness.
  • Youth Collaboratory released a  toolkit that focuses on the ways in which culturally responsive mentoring can help improve and create equitable outcomes for youth of color.
  • A new blog from Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathologist Dr. Shameka Stanford discusses how  many young people experience system involvement because of language and learning disorders that go unaddressed because of lack of awareness and understanding. Dr. Stanford focuses on the story of Korey Wise, one of the five young men featured in the groundbreaking film "When They See Us". 
  • The Juvenile Law Center  released an action kit that aims to break down the educational barriers that exist for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts will host a briefing on June 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C. featuring former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. 
CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.