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Applications Open For The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform's Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) has added a second cohort of its annual  Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program .  The training will be held March 25-29, 2019 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, in partnership with the Center for Children's Law and Policy. 

Join teams from Contra Costa County, CA; Hillsborough County, FL; New York City, NY; and American University in Washington, DC to identify the most promising areas for reform at key juvenile justice system decision points including arrest, referral, diversion, detention, disposition and post-disposition. The training will also focus on specific strategies to reduce over-representation and address disparities at those decision points, and will allow participants to develop and implement a Capstone Project to apply the learning to a local reform effort designed to reduce the disparate treatment and disproportionate representation of youth of color in their juvenile justice systems.

CJJR will only accept a limited number of applicants to join the existing teams, so please visit the website to view the  detailed curriculum  and learn  how to apply

Applications will be accepted through December 14, 2018, so  apply now
Pew Charitable Trusts Recently Released " Juveniles in Custody for Noncriminal Acts"

A new interactive tool published by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project highlights the extent to which states remove youth from home and send them to residential facilities for noncriminal infractions such as probation violations and status offenses like truancy or underage drinking. The interactive tool uses 2015 data from the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, the most recent national data available. It shows that nearly a quarter of youth in custody both pre- and post-adjudication are there for status offenses and probation violations.

Status offenses are acts that would not be crimes for an adult, such as truancy or running away from home, and technical violations are behaviors that do not comply with court-ordered conditions like missing curfew or skipping a meeting with a probation officer. In recent years, states like Kansas, Utah, and Georgia have enacted legislation expanding community-based programs while limiting court involvement and out-of-home placement for status offenses and probation violations, responding to research showing that such responses can be counterproductive.

For more information about best practices for addressesing non-delinquent youth, please see CJJ’s “Safety, Opportunity, and Success: Standards of Care for Non-Delinquent Youth.”

Note that there are ways to organize the data by number, rate and percentage of youth in confinement. Users can also review data from individual states and combine or separate status offenses and probation violations. These data can help start a conversation about how young people charged with status offenses and probation violations are ending up in custody in your jurisdiction or nationally, even as the national rate of out-of-home placement has declined.

For best result, use this link in the Google Chrome browser:
2018 CJJ DMC Conference

CJJ's staff and Executive Board looks forward to seeing you for the 2018 DMC Conference which will take place Nov. 27th-30th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD.
The three day conference will include workshops and plenary sessions that explore ways states are "Claiming the Future: Uniting to End Disparities".

For a copy of the latest agenda, please click here .
2019 CJJ Annual Conference

The 2019 Annual Conference,  "Bridging the Gap: Improving Outcomes for all Youth"  will take place June 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C.
Please stay tuned for additional details regarding registration and hotel accommodations!
Upcoming Webinars
December 12 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

It has been declared a national health crisis. Everywhere one looks, the opioid statistics are startling. Adults seem hit particularly hard, but children and youth are not immune. Behind every story is a family, and often substance abuse is their first introduction to the juvenile justice or child protective systems. Families and communities are looking for answers. This webinar will focus on the intersection of the opioid epidemic with the juvenile justice and child protective systems and how prevention strategies and clinically proven interventions, such as  Multisystemic Therapy (MST) , can work together to help reduce substance abuse among youth and caregivers. Join us to increase your understanding of the crisis and learn about an effective way to address its impact.

Presenters include:
Lori Moore , Manager of Network Partnership/Vice President of  MST Services
Logan Greenspan , Managing Director of  MST Services

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

To register, click  here  today!
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: Washington
T he Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ), Chaired by Gordon McHenry, Jr., and supported by Director, Vazaskia Crockrell, recently hosted their 2018 Statewide Conference on Juvenile Justice in Tacoma, Washington. The conference included two days of general sessions and a one day youth summit.
 
The general sessions focused on the issues related to juvenile justice system improvement and disproportionate minority contact (DMC), or racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The general sessions included 33 workshops focusing on the intersection of juvenile justice, child welfare, and youth homelessness, including a workshop by CJJ's Executive Director Naomi Smoot and plenary sessions by CJJ National Chair Hon. Steve Teske and CJJ National Vice Chair Pastor Edward Palmer. The youth summit focused on the concept of resiliency and brought together community youth and satellite youth from different parts of Washington.

This conference brought together over 600 juvenile justice stakeholders including law enforcement, educators, court officials, advocacy groups, and most importantly youth to share strategies and explore solutions for juvenile justice system reform in many areas.

 The conference provided a venue for system stakeholders, including policymakers, to address juvenile justice system improvement and disparities through peer-to-peer learning, and expert training.
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