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November 2019
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CJJ Kicks Off 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference, "A Time for Action: Combating Racial and Ethnic Disparities through Inclusion, Equity, and Respect"
The 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities conference got underway Wednesday in Scottsdale, AZ, with more than 270 attendees representing 43 states and the District of Columbia. 

Attendees will spend two days hearing from their peers and learning ways to combat racial and ethnic disparities in our juvenile justice systems. 

Milagros Phillips , a speaker, author, coach, and founder of Race Demystified, is this year's featured Keynote speaker. She has dedicated her life to creating compassionate change in people's lives and how we address racism.

Not able to make it to Arizona? Follow along with what is happening on our Twitter and Instagram, or by searching the hashtags #CJJ2019 and #ATimeforAction2019
Applications for CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee are Due Tomorrow!
The Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) is a partnership between CJJ and rising leaders in the field of juvenile justice, many of whom bring lived expertise to their work. This group consists of 10 young people ages 16 to 24 years old from across the country. Members serve on their State Advisory Group, have previous or current juvenile justice involvement, and/or are interested in juvenile justice reform. Each member serves for one calendar year.

Young leaders are encouraged to apply for CJJ's Emerging Leaders Committee. The Emerging Leaders Committee ensures that youth perspectives are represented in all aspects and functions of CJJ's work, including CJJ's communications with state and federal policymakers. The Emerging Leaders Committee also assists with:
  • Organizing the Youth Summit, a virtual and in-person gathering that allows young people to come together to explore how they can collaborate and lead in juvenile justice reform;  
  • Coordinating, reviewing, and selecting the recipient of the annual CJJ Spirit of Youth Award;
  • Developing and implementing educational training programs for youth and adult SAG members;
  • Convening committee meetings and networking events for youth members at CJJ conferences; and
  • Orienting new youth members to the work of the SAGs and CJJ, through the publication of resources and ongoing information sharing.

Applications are due tomorrow, November 22. To apply, click here. To find out more about the ELC, click here or check out our website.

CJJ's 2020 Annual Conference
Save the date for the 2020 CJJ Annual Conference! This event is slated to take place June 3-6, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Each year, CJJ hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. More than 470 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories attend. 

Stay tuned for further information and requests for workshop proposals!
Member Spotlight: Michigan
Michigan joins 46 other states in raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction. 
The state of Michigan will soon stop automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. On Oct. 31, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan package of bills that will make this change. 

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2021, 17-year-olds will no longer be treated as adults when accused of committing a crime. 

Michigan was one of four states that still automatically charged 17-year-olds as adults. This change in Michigan leaves three states that have not moved 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system: Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin.

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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Other News and Announcements
Events and Trainings
  • The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice is offering a Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth (CIT-Y) training March 4-6, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. CIT-Y is a law enforcement-based, crisis-response and diversion strategy in which specially-trained law enforcement officers respond to calls involving adolescents experiencing behavioral health crises.
  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will host their annual National Conference on Juvenile Justice on March 22-25, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh DowntownThis conference will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth involved in the delinquency system.
  • The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) will host their seventh annual National Summit on Youth Homelessness on March 2-3 in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. This summit brings together policymakers, young leaders, service experts, and other providers to learn how to respond to and prevent youth homelessness.
New Publications and Resources
  • Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released "Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness," a comprehensive evidence review on programs addressing youth homelessness. The review shows that significant progress has been made regarding evaluating programs designed to prevent youth homelessness. The review also highlights gaps in research that should be focused on going forward.
  • Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago also released a new study which includes evidence that youth who are homeless are less likely to attend college. The study also showed that even when youth experiencing homelessness do attend college, they are still likely to struggle with homelessness. 
  • Race Forward has launched a new podcast entitled "Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast." Chevon Drew and Hiba Elyass discuss road maps to help create change and eliminate racial disparities in policies and communities 
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