Honoring The Life of Andrew Smith
CJJ remembers and honors the work of National Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Chair and New Hampshire DMC Coordinator, Andrew Smith. Andrew dedicated more than 25 years of his life to improving juvenile justice systems at the state and national level. Andrew worked diligently to address racial and ethnic disparities in the state of New Hampshire and across the country.

Most recently Andrew designed The Mirror Project, a training that breaks down interactions between law enforcement and youth. This training was created to help youth understand what they can expect in the event they find themselves in an encounter with a police officer, and improve overall police and youth relations in New Hampshire.

"We are inspired by Andrew's passion and commitment, and call on our members across the country to continue his work to end DMC," said CJJ Executive Director Naomi Smoot.
CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference is fast approaching! Join us November 27-30 at the  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland  for " Reclaiming the Future: Uniting to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities ". 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
The agenda can be found  here .

New Report Released

This  report , entitled "Homeless and Runaway Youth in the Juvenile Justice System," highlights how runaway and homeless youth programs are collaborating with juvenile justice systems to jointly serve youth. The report examines juvenile justice-related factors contributing to homelessness, the role of Runaway and Homeless Youth providers, key partners and funders, and general recommendations for serving youth experiencing homelessness who are, or have been, involved with the juvenile justice system. 

2019 CJJ Annual Conference
Mark your calendars for the CJJ 2019 Annual Conference, scheduled for June 19-22 in Washington D.C.! Stay tuned for additional information regarding registration, hotel reservations, and a draft agenda!

CJJ Emerging Leaders Committee Applications
CJJ is now accepting applications for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Committee! The ELC consists of 10 young people from across the country who partner with CJJ to advise on policy work. Applicants must be under 24 and have a passion for juvenile justice reform. Y outh with lived expertise in the system and SAG membership are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The application for new members can be found here. For current ELC members, the renewal application can be found here!
Upcoming Webinars
 September 26 at 3:00pm Eastern
Cherice Hopkins and Rebecca Burney of Rights4Girls will provide an overview of domestic child sex trafficking and discuss 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: Idaho
The Idaho State Advisory Group is partnering with Local Education Agencies across the state to implement restorative justice practices within school settings. Participating schools are noting the positive impact of the monumental shift in philosophy that accompanies restorative approaches. One rural school was able to avert a school shooting incident due to the relationships that developed between students and faculty in restorative circles. The SAG continues to build a foundation of trainers and resources to support further implementation of restorative justice practices.
On another front, the Idaho SAG is focusing on youth charged with status offenses, and developing supports for runaway and trafficked youth. Several states shared their experiences and wisdom during the CJJ Annual Conference and Idaho's SAG Chair is already reaching out to glean more expertise and advice from other states. Idaho extends many thanks to all our colleagues at CJJ.
  • The Utah Governor's Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) is recruiting for a Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator. The DMC Coordinator will coordinate the State's efforts to address disproportionate minority youth contact with the juvenile justice system and ensure the state's compliance with the DMC core requirement of the JJDP Act of 1974, as amended.

  • The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is holding a Mental Health Training November 7-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana that features a curriculum developed specifically for juvenile probation, detention, and corrections staff. Applications are being accepted until October 5th.

  • Registration is now open for National Crittenton's In Solidarity 2019, taking place May 9-11 in Atlanta, Georgia. This event is centered around the leadership and engagement of girls and young women, and the use of a variety of approaches to learning, strategizing and connecting that are creative, inter-sectional, and two or multi-generational.

  • The sixth annual National Summit on Youth Homelessness will be held in Washington D.C. on March 18 – 19, 2019. The Summit offers the chance to learn about federal policy developments in the current political environment of both the U.S. Congress and the Administration. The National Network For Youth (NN4Y) will facilitate it's annual discussion among federal agencies to learn more about their work to address youth homelessness and encourage them to take targeted and systemic actions.

  • Registration is now available for Misdemeanorland. This event will take place September 21 in New York, NY and will be hosted by Dr. Issa Kohler-Hausmann and the Vera Institute of Justice. In this discussion Dr. Kohler-Hausmann will examine criminal courts and social control in an age of broken windows policing.

  • Applications are now being accepted for The Health Rising Leadership Institute, a 9-month fellowship hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. This institute is designed to strengthen leaders of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) community organizations involved in improving health equity.


  •  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.

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