Expungement Bill Introduced in Colorado Legislature 

The expungement bill spearheaded by CJDC last legislative session is before our legislature again! Representative Pete Lee has introduced House Bill 16-1395, which would expand eligibility to expunge juvenile records and make the expungement process easier--in some cases, automatic! CJDC thanks Representative Lee and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar for their hard work introducing and promoting this important bill! 

Want to help support this bill? Join us at CJDC's policy committee meeting TOMORROW, March 8, 11:15 am at Platform T Coffee--details below.
Help CJDC Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of  In re Gault !

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Un ited States Supreme Court decision  In re Gault , which held that all children accused of delinquent acts have the right to counsel.  Join us for three celebratory events April 20-21!
Gault at 50 Symposium: What Difference Does a Lawyer Make?

A free afternoon symposium featuring Laura Nirider, counsel for Brendan Dassey whose case was featured in "Making a Murderer," a panel of formerly incarcerated youth, and Professor Robin Walker Sterling.  

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 1-4 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
CLE: 3 credits, including 1 ethics credit
Click HERE to register now!
Gault at 50 Celebration and Fundraiser!

Directly following the symposium, CJDC will be hosting a Gault at 50 Celebration and fundraiser where we hope to raise $10,000. Please help us reach our goal by joining us as an event sponsor. 

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4-6:30 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
Cost: $40 in advance or $50 at the door
Click HERE to register now!

5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

Join us for a full day of CLE credits! Topics include defending juveniles in sex offense cases, addressing trauma and language disabilities, effective oral advocacy, ethics, and so much more! Hosted by CJDC and ADC. 
The conference includes our 
Justice Rising Awards Luncheon.

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Conference:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lunch:  12:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO
Click HERE to register now! 
Bound and Broken: Report Reveals Culture of Violence at DYC

CJDC released a report last week with the ACLU of Colorado, Disability Law Colorado, and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, revealing a punitive and violent culture in DYC facilities. Our coalition also released a moving video about the experience of youth in DYC. 

The report draws on interviews with 21 young people who are or have been incarcerated in DYC facilities, as well as a review of over 1,000 pages of internal DYC documents, videos and medical reports 
regarding  incidents that occurred between 2013 
and 2016. The report concludes that DYC 
staff used physical pain, isolation and verbal degradation against vulnerable young people, most of whom suffer from pa st abuse and mental illness. Knee strikes, painful pressure points and the WRAP - a full body straitjacket - a re common currency in DYC's culture. The report finds that there is a need for culture change at DYC, and recommends a pilot program based on the "Missouri Approach," a successful approach focused on  true internalized change for kids by building strong relationships between youth and their peers and between youth and staff.  A pilot program in Colorado could change the culture of violence at DYC to keep kids and staff safe while promoting rehabilitation. 

Articles in the Denver Post and the Gazette highlighted this work. 

Click HERE to read the full report.

Click HERE to see the video.

Nominate an Outstanding Juvenile Defender for Juvenile  Defender of the Year!!
Fill out our nomination form  HERE and send CJDC a 1-2 page narrative summarizing why the person you are nominating is an exceptional juvenile defense attorney. Send via email to admin@cjdc.org by April 7, 2017 The recipient will be chosen by the CJDC Board of Directors and the award will be presented at the Justice RISING luncheon on April 21, 2017 (more info below).

Adam Graber, JD
 CJDC's Equal Justice Works Attorney Fellow
Success in Court!

CJDC's Believe in Youth Program continues to  help indigent and lo w-income individuals minimize the collateral consequences of a juvenile record by removing legal barriers to employment, education, and housing.

In 2016 alone, our Equal Justice Works Fellow:
  • Served 182 people
  • Represented 57 clients in petitions and court hearings, resulting in these successful outcomes:
              • 40 deregistration petitions GRANTED
              • 32 expungement  petitions GRANTED
              • 3 misc. outcomes (1 record corrected, 2 FTRs avoided) 

Thank You Park Hill UCC

The Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ's youth group selected CJDC to receive an offering on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  Board member Ann Roan spoke to the congregation about CJDC's three goals:  helping people expunge their juvenile records and deregister; non-partisan legislative work for children charged as adults and justice-involved children; and training for juvenile defenders statewide.  "Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court said that under our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court," Roan said. "Thanks to your help, we can make that promise a reality for Colorado's kids."  CJDC thanks and appreciates the generosity and support of the Reverend Doctor David Bahr, Minister Jeremy Shaver and the rest of the Park Hill UCC congregation.

Support CJDC!

CJDC's small staff, dedicated board, and hard working volunteers continue our work at the capital, in court, and in juvenile facilities. We need your help to keep this work going! 

Click HERE to donate to CJDC today. Donate $100 and become a CJDC member!

Or support our work by becoming a sponsor for our upcoming Gault at 50 Celebration and Fundraiser!

Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Youth Defender Couple Sponsorship - For $100, receive 2 tickets to the celebration and acknowledgment in CJDC's monthly newsletter. Click HERE to sponsor now!
  • Youth Justice Partner Sponsorship - For $250, receive 4 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, and recognition in CJDC's monthly newsletter.  Click HERE 
    to sponsor now!
  • Youth Justice Advocate Sponsorship - For $500, receive 6 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, name or logo on table display tents, and an ad (3 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter. Click HERE to sponsor now! 
  • Youth Justice Champion Sponsorship - For $1,000, receive 8 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, and an ad (6 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter.  Click HERE to sponsor now! 
  • Youth Justice Presenting Sponsorship - For $2,500, receive 10 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, an ad (1 year) in CJDC's monthly newsletter, and "Presented By" on all event materials. Click HERE to sponsor now! 
Upcoming Trainings and Events
CJDC Policy Committee Meeting

        March 8, 2017 at 11:15 am
        Platform T Coffee
        95 Lincoln Street
        Denver, CO 
LYRIC is an organization made up of passionate attorney volunteers donating their time to empower Colorado youth to exercise their rights!
LYRIC's Brewing Up Justice Fundraiser

You are invited to Brewing Up Justice,
supporting LYRIC's programs aimed at bringing Constitutional law to life for juveniles in schools, justice facilities, and community settings across Colorado.

When: March 9, 2017 | 4:30-6:30 pm

Where: Our Mutual Friend Brewery
            2810 Larimer St. | Denver, CO
Tickets: Advance tickets $20 or 2/$35
             $25 at the door | Price includes 2
      beers & snacks | Tickets  sold  HERE !
5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference 
Join us for a full day of CLE credits! Topics include defending juveniles in sex offense cases, addressing trauma and language disabilities, effective oral advocacy, ethics, and so much more! Hosted by CJDC and ADC. The conference includes our:

Justice Rising Awards Luncheon

Join us for lunch and to honor our Juvenile Defender of the Year!

When: April 21, 2017
Conference: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
Register now by clicking HERE

Click HERE to register for the entire conference!

Have a nomination for Defender of the year? Send our  nomination form and a 1-2 page narrative summarizing why the person you are nominating is an exceptional juvenile defense attorney to admin@cjdc.org by April 7, 2017 

Chained Voices Exhibition

Come see drawings, paintings, poetry, lyrics, sculpture and other creative artworks by artists now incarcerated in juvenile and adult facilities in Colorado.

When:   April 29, 2017 | 3 pm - 9 pm
             April 30, 2017 | 10 am - 2 pm
Where:  Art of Life Gallery
      800 Jason St | Denver, CO
Free Training & Technical Support 

As a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider for the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), CJDC is one of two locations in the nation acting as a regional resource center for juvenile defenders.  If you are looking for training support, have a training need in your area, or in need of assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE!  
Juvenile Justice in the News

Stay up to date with these recent headlines on juvenile justice issues, policy, programs, and reform in the news from across Colorado, the southwest, and nation.

Senate Judiciary Members Rail Against Juvenile Detention Rather Than Therapy

Washington D.C. -  Numerous speakers and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee "forcefully criticized the practice of incarcerating juveniles for status offenses."  Experts and lawmakers stressed the importance of prioritizing juvenile justice reform, highlighting traumatic stories of punitive detention practices. 

Colorado -   As means of restraint in Colorado's 10 state-run juvenile detention facilities, a device called "the wrap" has been used to restrain youth in custody. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman have both opened investigations into the use of this device.

Utah - Through a series of alternative programs, HB239 is aimed at keeping low-risk juvenile offenders at home rather than in detention settings. "The bill would also limit the amount of time youth can spend in detention centers, put a cap on fees and service hours that a juvenile judge can order, and require that lawyers be provided to all juveniles charges criminally."

New Bill Aims to Provide Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables to Schools, Juvenile Detention Centers

New Mexico -  HB208 is re-envisioned legislation that would appropriate over $1.4 million to bring local, fresh produce into New Mexico's schools and juvenile detention centers.  A similar bill that was proposed in 2014 did not include juvenile detention facilities was postponed indefinitely.

Oklahoma -
In December, the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs revoked the license for operating the Muskogee County Regional Juvenile Detention Center after a 16 year old girl was found dead in her cell.  A March 20 deadline has been set for proposals for new entities interested in operating the facility moving forward. 

Juvenile Judges Council Not Sure What to Expect Under Trump Administration

New York -  At this year's Conference on Juvenile Justice, several judges expressed their perspective on the possibility of re-authorization of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) under the new administration as "up in the air."
Support CJDC Through a Paycheck Contribution

CJDC  is proud to partner with  Community Shares of Colorado   in workplace giving campaigns. Making charitable donations via paycheck contributions is a convenient option that allows incremental gifts to add up over the course of a year. A paycheck contribution of $1 a day - $5 each work week-adds up to a $260 annual donation! That covers one month of mailing costs for our Believe in Youth!  program, which allows children to expunge their juvenile records and move forward to education and employment opportunities.
Do you have an employee giving campaign at work? If yes, please choose  CJDC as the recipient of your workplace giving pledge. If your company hosts workplace giving fairs and presentations, request  CJDC be a featured nonprofit! If Community Shares is not included in your giving campaign, email   giving@cshares.org  to discuss adding more diversity and choice to your campaign.
If you don't have an employee giving campaign, let your HR or Community Investment contact know you want to support CJDC through Community Shares. Contact 
Community Shares  to help you start a campaign at   giving@cshares.org   or 303.861.7507.
Workplace giving is a great way to support  CJDC! CJDC's community shares number is