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.
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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
. To find out more about the ELC, click
or check out our
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!
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.
December 12 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Youth collaboration has been a central tenet of juvenile justice work for more than 40 years. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has long required that one-fifth of each State Advisory Group (SAG)'s members be young people.
Youth voice, especially that of individuals with lived expertise in the justice system and related systems, is critical to meaningful system improvement. The development of policies happens best when agencies involve those who are directly impacted.
This webinar will discuss the challenges of youth collaboration and offer solutions to those challenges, and help participants ensure young people play a vital role in shaping their advocacy initiatives, policy recommendations, and organizational goals.
Laura Armstrong, Policy and Field Relations Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
All webinars are free to CJJ members. To become a member, click
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.
Events and Trainings
- The Center for Children & Youth Justice will host their annual Norm Maleng Advocate For Youth Award Breakfast on April 22, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, WA.
- 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 Downtown. This 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
- The National Network for Youth released a new report entitled "The Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Addressing Youth Homelessness." NN4Y will also be hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 12th, at 3 p.m. EST to discuss the report and address meaningful ways the communities can work to combat youth homelessness.
- The Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven released an issue brief called "Implicit Bias: What is it? How do we define it? Do we have it?" The brief explores the history of implicit bias and discusses ways it can be overcome.
- Act4JJ released a new report by Lisa Pilnik entitled "Family First Prevention Services Act: Opportunities and Risks for Youth Justice and Campaigns to End Youth Incarceration." This report looks at the potential effects of the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 1892) on youth and discusses what allies can advocate for with the passing of this act.
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.
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