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April 2020 Roundup

April 28, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

COVID-19 Resources and Responses

  • Stay up to date on the latest youth justice resources and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and advocacy to keep youth in the justice system safe. See Resources.
  • **COVID-19 Youth Justice Response Fund**: APPLY NOW for the COVID-19 Youth Justice Response Fund. NJJN, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will be issuing grants to state-based advocacy organizations working to decarcerate youth correctional facilities amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2020. View Application Details.
  • New Tip Sheet from NJJN: “Tracking COVID-19 Protections for Justice Involved Youth.”  A compiled list of sites tracking jurisdiction responses to COVID-19 and justice-involved youth.
  • The Coalition for Juvenile Justice and NJJN hosted a call: "The Heightened Dangers of Confinement" on Monday, April 27, focusing on how Covid-19 has exacerbated already harmful conditions in youth detention and commitment facilities and the steps states are taking to ensure safety for youth involved in the justice system. View call recording and slide deck.
  • The Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition published a Q&A: “How does education in youth facilities continue during the #COVID19 pandemic?” based on a Twitter chat held on March 26, 2020. Read the Q&A
  • YouthToday.org has compiled a list of COVID-19 related grants. View Here.

Anti-Racism Resource

  • Colorlines.com has created a dedicated page covering the impact of COVID-19 on black and brown communities. View Here.
  • Race Forward will host a webinar: “#RaceAnd Pandemics: Covid-19 and global diseases through a structural lens.” Individuals can purchase tickets for a donation. Organizations asked to purchase pay $25-$35 based on budget. View Details.


  • The Youth Justice Coalition is seeking a Project Coordinator for a community health project which will:   1) Increase community understanding of SUD and OUD;  2) Reduce community and individual isolation, 3) distrust and stigma regarding recognizing and addressing addiction, and 4) Increase knowledge and access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@youth4justice.


  • A survey of juvenile justice agencies in 30 states has found that the number of young people in local secure detention centers fell by 24% in March 2020, the month during which the COVID- 19 pandemic took hold in the United States. The percentage reduction in youth detention across these jurisdictions in one month was as large as the national decline over a recent seven-year period (from 2010 to 2017). These developments are a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is dramatically altering the juvenile justice system. See full results of the survey on the Annie E. Casey Foundation Blog.
  • Justice League NYC and The Gathering For Justice, led by YJLI Alum Carmen Perez, held a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall: “Our Voice, Our Power.” Youth organizers discussed COVID-19 reactions, community care, justice reform, mental health, education and 2020 elections. View Here on Facebook.
  • The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org) has dedicated coverage to youth justice and COVID-19. View Here

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