2018 CJJ DMC Conference
Join us November 27-30 at the  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland  for CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference: " Reclaiming the Future: Uniting to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities ". For a copy of the draft agenda, click  here .

This year's conference is co-hosted by the Maryland State Advisory Group. Major sponsors include Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. The conference will explore ways that states and communities can address and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within their juvenile justice systems. To register, click  here , and to make hotel reservations, click  here .
2018 CJJ Youth Summit
This year's Youth Summit, " Empowering Youth: Resiliency Through Trauma ", took place August 1-3 in Washington, D.C. The event brought together over 200 youth for a live and web-based training. CJJ Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) members Aaron Toleafoa and Jacob Carmickle joined the event remotely to speak about the juvenile justice system from the perspective of those who are living it. Aazia-Marie Ross and Da'Shawn Mosley led a workshop on empowerment through the arts, allowing attendees time to express themselves visually and poetically. Keynote speaker Adam Foss shared about the importance of voices of those who are directly impacted by the juvenile justice system and mass incarceration.

The event was hosted at the University of the District of Columbia's David A. Clarke School of Law and shared via webcast with those who could not join in person.
CJJ Welcomes New Board Member and Staff
Robert Sheil
Join us in welcoming Robert Sheil, CJJ's newest Executive Board member! Robert was elected as the Northeast Regional Chair and started his term on July 1, 2018. Robert worked as the Supervising Attorney for the Vermont Office of the Juvenile Defender from 1990-2016. Having been a Vermont SAG member, Robert wants to work towards strengthening CJJ partnerships with SAGs across the country in order to create a more equitable juvenile justice system.
Laura Armstrong
CJJ is excited to welcome our new Policy and Field Relations associate, Laura Armstrong! Laura holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado. She previously worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC, where she collaborated with system-involved youth and college students in order to create a life-skills mentoring program. She is especially passionate about addressing the intersection between the juvenile justice system and human trafficking. At CJJ, Laura will assist with projects and policy initiatives, and will support members through outreach and dissemination of information about new and emerging issues in the field. Members seeking to contact Laura can reach he at armstrong@juvjustice.org and 202-467-0864 ext. 122.
Federal Policy Update
To celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)'s enactment into law on September 7th, 2018, tell Congress that it's time to reauthorize the Act! If the JJDPA is not reauthorized, funding levels for states and core protections for young people are at risk. Click the links below to tell Congressional leadership why NOW is the time to reauthorize the JJDPA. We encourage you to reach out to each of these legislators, regardless of whether they represent your district or state.

We have provided wording in these links, but feel free to add additional context about why #JJDPAMatters to you!
Upcoming Webinars
August 28 at 3:00pm Eastern
Understanding gendered pathways into the juvenile justice system equips providers with ways to effectively focus on the complex needs, vulnerabilities, trends, and opportunities of each individual's gender identity and sexuality. 

This webinar, presented by Giovanna Taoemino and Kiku Johnson of the One Circle Foundation, will explore two nationally recognized, research-based, gender responsive support group models - Girls Circle® and The Council for Boys and Young Men® - that have proven results across all sectors. These model programs are steeped in evidence-based principles that include brain science, resilience, strengths-based positive youth development, trauma, culturally responsive principles, and motivational interviewing practices that stimulate critical thinking within a gender responsive framework. 

Participants will be able to identify the two models' evidence-based outcomes, successful implementation guidelines, and resources including training, manual-guided curriculum, and Q&A tools, and learn how these programs can meet the needs of youth. To register, click   here !

September 26 at 3:00pm Eastern
Cherice Hopkins and Rebecca Burney of Rights4Girls will provide an overview of domestic child sex trafficking and delineate how girls are often criminalized for experiencing sexual violence, including analysis of the correlation between domestic child sex trafficking and juvenile justice involvement. 

This interactive webinar will also address how being a trafficking survivor impacts a girl pre- and post-justice involvement and identify strategies to reduce reliance on the justice system as a response to girls' trauma. To register, click  here !
October 29 at 3:00pm Eastern
On the whole, education programs in secure facilities are not as good as they need to be, and many systems do not have strong data collection practices in place to inform strong policy and program decision-making. Advocates know that high-quality education is one of the essential components of a rehabilitative juvenile justice program, but the deficits in these programs mean young people return to their communities even farther behind in school and are at greater risk of dropping out entirely. 

During this webinar, we will discuss research methods, conclusions reached, and the known limitations of the existing data. We will also offer recommendations for providers to improve accuracy in data reporting for future data collections, connect system leaders interested in improving education opportunities to resources, and preview the follow-up analysis of 2015-16 data. To register, click  here !

Webinars are free to CJJ members. To become a member, 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 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 info@juvjustice.org for more details. 
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Member Spotlight: Arizona
This spring, Arizona state passed a bill that extends juvenile court jurisdiction until age 19. Arizona is one of a number of states that are "raising the age" to ensure that policy reflects modem developmental science findings.

In the past, if an Arizona youth was granted probation or was committed to juvenile corrections just a few months prior to turning 18, they could age out before completing their treatment plan, increasing their risk for an unsuccessful transition back into their community. The new law will now allow youth to remain in the juvenile justice system for an additional year to finish the necessary requirements and receive services that will help them lead successful lives, thereby reducing their risk of recidivism.

To read more about Arizona's new law and the benefits of raising the age, click here !
Other News and Events

  • Mark your calendars for the CJJ 2019 Annual Conference, scheduled for June 19-22 in Washington D.C.! Stay tuned for more information about the conference and registration.

  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center has an upcoming webinar entitled "The Detention and Deportation System for Unaccompanied Minors", August 28 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time. This webinar will help advocates understand how the immigration detention and deportation system works for unaccompanied children. Register here by August 27.


  • Michigan's Public Policy Associate's, Inc. is looking for a new Senior Research Associate, specializing in DMC. For more information and to apply, click here.


  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released "Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs". This user-friendly guide is designed to help youth in juvenile corrections and treatment programs prepare for reentry and success in their community. The guide outlines how transitioning youth can seek assistance from a parent or guardian, mentor, friend, teacher, and other key people. The publication includes steps that youth can take to address reentry challenges.

  • The National Juvenile Justice Network has recently put out their "Empowering Justice-Involved Youth" practitioner's guide. The guide offers resources and tools to ensure that justice-impacted young people are not an after thought after policy decisions have been set, but rather that they are at the head of the table.

CJJ invites you to share news from your SAG, organization, state, or region! Inclusion and editing of submissions are subject to CJJ editorial guidelines.
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